KENYA TO INTRODUCE NEW ICT POLICY BY SEPTEMBER

Kenyan Cabinet Secretary (Minister) for Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Joe Mucheru says country will have in place a new ICT policy by next month.

The policy, which is being reviewed by stakeholders in the ICT sector at present, will be tabled before the Cabinet for discussion in the next 14 days before it is implemented, he added at an ICT stakeholders workshop on the Review of the National ICT Policy Draft here Wednesday.

Mucheru urged participants to come up with a comprehensive policy document which would not only guide the ICT sector to fully realize the benefits of utilizing ICT but also cope with challenges and rapid changes in the sector.

He said the priority areas would include having more ICT companies listed on the local stock market, creating employment, allowing the public to share wealth in the companies and providing appropriate information to investors who want to invest in the country to enhance contributions to economic development of the country.

He said the policy would also play a significant role on how to manage the market and overcome challenges in the ICT sector. He noted that the local ICT market had grown from 20 billion to approximately 200 billion shillings (about 1.97 billion US dollars) and there was need to expand it further to ensure that it contributed 10 per cent to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).

“ICT is rapidly emerging as a major contributor of the economy in the country as individuals and enterprises adopt and utilize innovative technology solutions to provide goods and services,” he said.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK