National ICT masterplan launched.

ict  The revised ICT Master plan was unveiled today during the 6th connected Kenya summit in Mombasa. The ICT Master plan which is aligned to jubilee manifesto, the vision 2030 and other policy documents among other things details how Kenya can position itself as a leader in ICT investment and innovation by the year 2017. Speaking at the launch Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT Mr. Joseph Tiampati said the government will partner with the private sector and development partners to fund flagship projects planned for the period. The ICT master plan helps to create an enabling policy, legal and regulatory environment, provide e-government services that are simple to use and convenient for Kenyans. It will help develop a dynamic and robust ICT sector that will enhance socio economic growth. The plan projects that by 2017, Kenya’s ICT industry would create 180,000 jobs and contribute 8% of the GDP. The relaunch took place during the connected Kenya summit that highlighted the journey towards a cashless society, role of national development plans, integrated infrastructure and national strategic projects. The master plan gives priority to health and education to cut costs, increase value in society and enhance citizen experience. The master plan also targets retail/ wholesale and Agriculture sectors. Some of the progress made so far by connected 2013 include merger of government ICT agencies to form the ICT Authority and introduction of county ICT summit series and focus on information security. The connected summit which first began in 2009 aims at linking and speeding up implementation of government information technology projects to world class standards.