Owalo unveils ministry’s five-year roadmap

CS Eliud Owalo (left), Broadcasting PS Edward Kisiang’ani (second right), and ICT PS John Tanui during the launch of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy Strategic Plan 2023-2027.

The Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy on Wednesday launched its five-year strategic plan, which seeks to deepen the sector’s role in the country’s economic development.

CS Eliud Owalo, while unveiling the plan in Nairobi, said the document will guide the ministry’s implementation of activities, projects and programmes in the period 2023-2027.

“This plan ensures that the ministry’s vision of an informed and digitally-empowered Kenyan society is aligned to the government’s transformative agenda, Vision 2030, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Africa Agenda 2063 and other national government priorities,” the CS said.

The plan is the culmination of concerted efforts by the ministry and key stakeholders in the ICT sector to ensure that priority programmes and projects in the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) are implemented as planned, he added.

The document identifies seven key result areas namely policy, legal and institutional frameworks, digital superhighway and telecommunications infrastructure, digital government services and products, universal access to information, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and local content development, governance, finance and human capital development and cyber security, data governance and emerging technologies.

During the five-year period, the ministry said it would expand broadband connectivity, enhance e-government initiatives, expedite development of smart cities, intensify cybercrime and increase entrepreneurship in the technology industry.

The ministry will also foster digital literacy programmes, ensuring that Kenyan citizens have the necessary skills to participate in the digital economy, make e-commerce vibrant, deepen access to low-cost devices and universal access to information and internet services as envisaged in the constitution, Vision 2030, Medium Term Plans and the BETA.

Owalo said the ministry would also strengthen the Office of Data Protection Commissioner to ensure compliance with data protection laws and establish a centre to deal with cyber-crime.

Principal Secretary, Broadcasting and Telecommunication Edward Kisiang’ani said that main agenda of the strategic plan is to ensure that the government speaks in one voice, to serve the people and ultimately ensure its key institution achieve their goals.

“The policy in government is that we must help our national institutions to operate by adequately availing the required resources. We must protect national institutions and give space for the private sector to operate freely,” he said.

His ICT and the Digital Economy counterpart, Eng John Tanui, observed that the strategic plan prioritises the development of enabling infrastructure to ease the cost of doing business and expressed optimism in its success.

“I have no reservation that the Strategic Plan 2023-2027 will be a catalyst towards the future direction for the ICT sector, as well as spurring Economic Growth and Transformation,” the PS remarked.

CS Eliud Owalo (sixth left), Broadcasting PS Edward Kisiang’ani (fifth left), and ICT PS John Tanui (seventh left) with development partners representatives, CEOs and senior officials during the launch of the Ministry of Information, Communications and the Digital Economy Strategic Plan 2023-2027.

Present at the event were Communications Authority of Kenya Director-General David Mugonyi, Konza Technopolis CEO John Paul Okwiri, ICTA CEO Stanley Kamanguya, Kenya Yearbook Editorial Board (KYEB) CEO Lillian Kimeto, Kenya Institute of Mass Communication CEO Peter Wakoli, the chairman of the Universal Service Fund Advisory Council James Ongwae, KBC Ag. MD Paul Macharia, Media Council of Kenya CEO David Omwoyo and KYEB chairman Sande Oyolo, among other senior government officials and key stakeholders.

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