The organizers of Kenya Communication Sports Organization (KECOSO) games have been asked to engage other East African countries to upgrade the games to the next level and use the platform to market use of ICT in the regional market.
ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru wants Kenyans to embrace the use of ICT in all sectors saying the government has made huge investments to ensure that the country is fully digitized.
Speaking Saturday at Afraha stadium in Nakuru when he officially opened the 37th Edition of KECOSO games, Mucheru said sports play an important role in the government’s development agenda, and called on business fraternity to support sporting activities, so as to help in nurturing young sporting talents in the country.
He said the Ministry was engaged in various activities including reviewing of 2006 ICT policy to ensure it conforms with the current emerging issues, establishment of Cyber bill to fight cyber crimes, introduction of free WIFI in the 290 constituencies, establishment of studio Mashinani to nurture creative youth talents and the digital literacy programs as a way of promoting use of ICT in the country.
The CS also appealed to the more than 600 sports men and women participating in the one week event to make use of the opportunity to develop business contacts and share experiences, on how best to use the games platform to market their services in Nakuru county and the rest of the country.
ICT Principal Secretary Sammy Itemere urged the participants to network and share work experiences as they engage in the sporting activities, and use the skills learnt to improve service delivery at their places of work.
About 13 organizations drawn from the Ministries of ICT and Transport and Infrastructure will be fighting it out in 10 sporting categories including soccer, netball and basketball among other sporting activities.
The participants include the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, Department of Information, Kenya Maritime Authority, Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Film classification, Communication Authority of Kenya and the Kenya Airports Authority among others.