Kenyan government calls for sector involvement in drafting ICT policies



The government of Kenya is inviting ICT sector players to submit their views on the draft ICT policy that will be the basis of ICT policies in the future.

“The review of the current ICT Policy is inspired by first, the need to align it with the new constitutional dispensation and Vision 2030 economic blueprint of transforming Kenya into a leading information and knowledge economic hub in the region,” Fred O. Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communications & Technology, said.

Some of the broad areas that will be concentrated on include:

(a) Provide a framework that will enable ICT to contribute towards achieving national development goals as espoused in Vision 2030;

(b) Facilitate increased universal access to ICT services and products in order to transform Kenya into an information and knowledge society where everyone has equitable and affordable access to ICTs;

(c) Deploy widespread use of ICTs to enhance ease of doing business in Kenya;

(d) Ensure improved competitiveness for Kenya as an ITES/BPO hub in the region;

(e) Position Kenya as a regional ICT centre of excellence and knowledge hub;

(f) Ensure improved public information management for efficient and timely delivery of government services;

(g) Ensure that ICT infrastructures are utilized effectively, are compliant with regional and international standards and are internationally competitive;

(h) Establish a trusted and secure information infrastructure and a culture of cyber security and the protection of essential information infrastructures at all levels;

(i) Enhance the use of ICT across the economy for increased productivity and efficiency;

(j) Provide a framework for open access to ICTs;

(k) Use ICTs to enhance governance structures in the public sector;

(l) Protect consumers of ICTs; and

(m) Secure increased ICT talent pool in the country

The policy also aims to have directives for the different sectors in the economy including education, ecommerce, government processes, infrastructure issues, ehealth, eSecurity, telecommunications and developing local content.

The policy draft will also touch on the broadcast sector. The policy aims to come up with rules that will govern public and private broadcasting and also govern community broadcasting services.

“The Communications Authority (CA) will develop criteria for technical evaluation and fair and equitable grant of licenses and allocation of frequencies. Private broadcast licenses will not be granted to any political party, or affiliate of a political party. Broadcast licensees who are not on air for longer than one year will automatically lose their license,” the ministry said.

Kenyans, public and private sectors are invited to give their suggestions on the draft policy by 21st November 2014. You can look at the broad areas of coverage here.