Information & Communication

Information, Communication & Technology : Information Communication Technologies has become a critical factor in driving growth and productivity in global economies.  ICT has been a key driver of Kenya’s economic growth over the last decade. Since 2000, the sector has outperformed all other segments of the economy and grew on average by 23 percent, making the combined transport & communications sector now the second largest in Kenya’s economy Growth in the ICT sector alone accounted for 13 percent of growth in Kenya’s GDP during the last decade. In addition, it is estimated that ICT also had major indirect effects on the economy through the efficiencies it created in other sectors, including improvements in delivery of health services and water.
The ICT targets on Millennium Development Goals aims at increasing universal access to information through the establishment of key foundations towards knowledge based economy as recommended by the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS). The targets relate to access to both mobile and fixed telecommunications and internet.
Developing affordable information and communication network infrastructure and applications is central to building the information economy. Accordingly, the government’s objective is to ensure that the country has a competitive telecommunications industry which delivers reliable and affordable services and products for the economic and social benefit of citizens. The development of ICT Parks and Digital Villages will gradually lead to low-cost provision of ICT
goods and services. This is also expected to facilitate the growth and establishment of BPOs.

Programmes and Projects for 2008 – 2012

  • The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS):
  • National Terrestrial Fibre Optic Network Project: The National Terrestrial Fibre Optic Network Project is intended to complement the TEAMS project by ensuring maximum utilisation of capacity and connectivity in all districts in the country.
  • Government Common Core Network (GCCN
  • Local and Wide Area Networks:
  • Kenya Transparency Communication Infrastructure Programme (KTCIP): The KTCIP programme aims to ensure equity in the provision of ICT services. The programme has two components, namely:  Establishment of Digital Villages: and  Bandwidth subsidy:
  • Data Centre/Data Recovery Centre:
  • Integrated Management Information Systems (IMIS):
  • Information and Content Development:
  • Film Industry: A major goal of the industry is to become a significant player by developing a major motion picture production industry with sufficient employment, and capitalising on the economic, social, and cultural rewards associated with such industries worldwide.
  • Rural ICT Enterprises (RIEs):
  • Multimedia Technology Parks (MTPs): The government has identified the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) in Athi River as the location site for the proposed MTPs.
  • The East African Sub-Marine Cable Systems: The main objective of the project is to improve the quality of bandwidth available for global connectivity by linking the East African region to the Global Submarine System.
  • ICT Hardware: ICT hardware is a very important component of ICT infrastructure and a pre-requisite to any meaningful deployment of ICT services to the population.  
  • Madaraka PC Project: In collaboration with ICT incubators at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), University of Nairobi (UoN), Kenya College of Communications Technology (KCCT), and Strathmore University (SU), the Ministry is implementing a project to assemble a low cost PC for the local market

Policy, Legal and Institutional Reforms

Policy Framework
• Develop and enact National Film Policy;
• Review the Telecommunications Sector Policy Framework (March 2006);
• Develop and enact National Records Management Policy;
• Enact the National Policy on Natural Resource Information; and
• Develop and enact E-waste Management Policy.

Legal Framework
• Enact Freedom of Information Bill;
• Enact ICT Bill; Repeal Films and Stage Plays Act Cap 222;
• Review Kenya Communications Regulations 2001;
• Repeal Postal Corporations Act 1998;
• Amend Kenya Broadcasting Corporation Act Cap 221.

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