By Stanley Wabomba
The ICT Authority has been challenged to tap skills and knowledge of talented professionals in the private sector to offer solutions in government.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says it is wrong for those in government to ignore the input of experienced private sector players in finding solutions to problems in public sector.
Mucheru was at ICT Authority offices on a familiarization tour where he met the Board of Directors and senior officials of the ICT Authority. The Cabinet Secretary said it is a trend worldwide for the public sector to seek the services of experienced professionals in diverse fields in private sector to assist in problem solving.
Mucheru cited the US where government officials when necessary seek the support of the best in private sector on short-term basis to find solutions.
Mucheru says the ICT Authority needs to collaborate with the private sector to provide required ICT infrastructure and human capital necessary to attain a digital economy and a knowledge-based society.
The Cabinet Secretary said the government has bestowed the Authority with the responsibility of running top flagship projects whose successful implementation will ensure Kenya is not left behind as the rest of the world embrace digital economies.
Among the projects that the ICT Authority is implementing are the school laptops project, Presidential Digital Talent Programme, laying fibre optic cable, digitizing government records, and promoting ICT innovation and enterprise.