ICT to play critical role on the Big Four agenda

Information and Communication technology (ICT) will play a central role towards the success of the Jubilee government’s Big Four Agenda.

The Principal Secretary for ICT and Innovation (PS), Victor Kyalo said Information and communication technology will be the driving force towards achieving the Big Four Plan of food security, affordable housing, universal health care and manufacturing.

President Uhuru Kenyatta announced during Jamhuri Day celebrations in December last year that his government will put emphasis on the Big Four Agenda to transform the country’s economy.

ICT plays a critical role in all economic sectors and it is an effective means to achieve development objectives, said Kyalo.

The PS was briefing the media after a three days induction meeting between top officials of the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology and Members of the Parliamentary Committee on ICT and Innovation on Wednesday at English Point Hotel in Mombasa.

Kyalo who was accompanied by the PS for Broadcasting and Telecommunication (PS), Sammy Itemere said the Ministry intends to expand ICT services to rural areas in order to create job opportunities and uplift living standards of all Kenyans.

The Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee for ICT and Innovation, William Kisang assured the Ministry of the committee’s support in discharging its mandate.

Kisang commended the introduction of the Constituency Innovation Hubs, saying they were useful platforms for empowering youth to secure decent jobs.

He pledged to use his committee as a link between the Ministry and Parliament, to seek more budgetary and other necessary support to help it offer better services to Kenyans.

Source: Kenya News Agency