Themed ‘Bridging the Service Gap’, the 2016 Connected Summit,has taken off at the Leisure Lodge Beach and Golf Resort, Diani, Kwale County to help identify gaps in public sector service delivery and use ICT to solve them.
Giving opening remarks, Joe Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of ICT said the summit is “an opportunity to work together to bring about changes. ”
Mucheru said the summit is a chance for Kenyans to give the ministry ideas to make Kenya work in regards to ICT. A time for people to debate on issues such as VAT on devices, 4G an 5G licences, dominance, regulation of over the top services like Facebook, WhatsApp and Telegram and much more.
Now in its 7th year, the Connected Kenya is the brainchild of the ICT Authority in consultation with ICT industry players and key government decision makers. The Summit has brought together stakeholders in the ICT sector to collaborate, build capacity and share knowledge and help carry out government IT projects to world-class standards.
Connected Kenya has seen some projects such as Kenya Open Data Initiative, Huduma citizen’s portal and the development of a national Information Security Policy discussed and formulated at the Connected SUmmit.
Also in attendance are ICT ministry officials from Uganda, Rwanda and South Sudan.