Kenya ICT Board to host “Connected Government” meeting.
The Kenya ICT Board in partnership with listed telecoms operator Safaricom will host the Connected Government Summit from the 29th of March to 1st April 2010 at Leisure Lodge Resort in Diani. The Connected Government Summit, the brainchild of the Kenya ICT Board in consultation with industry players and key government decision makers, aims to establish a platform for collaboration, building capacity and sharing priorities between the government and the IT sector with a view to linking and hastening implementation of government IT projects to world-class standards.
Speaking about the Summit Paul Kukubo, CEO, Kenya ICT Board commented: â€œThe Board created the Connected Government Summit to establish a platform upon which the government and the private sector come together to deliberate on key priority areas and identify areas for partnership that will deliver services to the public in a harmonious and timely manner. We expect this to be a successful event particularly in regards to speaking to the role that shared services plays in Kenya Vision 2030.â€
Mr.Kukubo reiterated that in the backdrop of the gazetted regulations governing public private partnerships (PPPs), there were opportunities for government to work closely with private sector to implement key projects to help Kenya attain the goals of the Kenya Vision 2030 â€“ especially to create wealth and employment for Kenyans while delivering better services to citizens.
â€œWe have invited and confirmed that several key Permanent Secretaries, Members of Parliament, and other senior government officials will be attending this important event. We are committed to delivering results for Kenyans â€“ better services through the adoption of ICT. We want to thank all our sponsors, Safaricom, Oracle, NetApp, and Microsoft for their generous sponsorship which has helped to make this Summit possible,â€ says Mr. Kukubo.
Some of the key ICT projects the Kenya ICT Board is facilitating with remarkable success include digitization of records at Ministry of Lands, Company Registry and the Judiciary. Some of these will be showcased during the Summit and best practice shared across ministries.
Speaking during the launch of the summit, Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph said: â€œAs a major player in Kenyaâ€™s fixed and mobile data market, Safaricom recognizes the governmentâ€™s position as a key buyer and catalyst of demand for ICT and data products, which is why we are partnering with the Kenya ICT Board as the lead sponsor for this meeting,â€ said Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph.
He added: â€œData products and services, if strategically deployed, can be used as an efficient and cost-effective tool for better delivery of public services. Safaricom has the products and services and backed by a wide customer base, is willing and ready to partner with government in this quest.â€
Mr Joseph hoped the workshop would help forge sustained dialogue between the public and private sectors in the ICT and data space, which is key to coming up with optimal solutions for customers and citizens. Already, he noted, a majority of the estimated 3.5 million Internet users in Kenya access the internet through Safaricom services.
With increased use of the internet among Kenyans on the back of recent improvements in the countryâ€™s data infrastructure, the opportunity for providing government services online is tremendous. The theme for Connected Government 2010 this year is: Shared services to drive down cost to citizens.
About Connected Government:
Connected Government Summit has three main objectives. The first is to build capacity of the senior government officials in the implementation of ICT projects towards their transformed public services provision. The second, to increase the understanding of the participants of shared services, managed services and Public Private Partnership rules as well as their potential for supporting transformation in ICT projects. Lastly, the Connected Government Summit aims to provide a platform for the senior government officials to network with each other and to form lasting fruitful relationships for future partnerships with the various companies represented there.
About Kenya ICT Board:
The Kenya ICT Board was established by HE President Mwai Kibaki, as a state corporation under the State Corporations Act Cap. 446 on 19th February 2007.
The Kenya ICT Boardâ€™s mission is to champion and actively enable Kenya to adopt and exploit ICT, through promotion of partnerships, investments and infrastructure growth for socio economic enrichment. Its vision is that Kenya becomes a top ten global ICT hub by 2030. Visit www.ict.go.ke
Formed at the turn of the decade as part of the liberalization of Kenyaâ€™s telecoms sector through a joint venture between Vodafone of the UK and the government of Kenya, Safaricom has firmly established its credentials as a regional leader, spawning a virtual telecoms revolution in Kenya. In 2008, it successfully listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange through a landmark initial public offering (IPO) and actively trades on the commercials counter. Growing from its cradle in mobile voice services, Safaricom has evolved into a total telecoms company. Safaricom, which has a subscriber base of over 15 million, offers all telecoms services under one roof: mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms: Kenyaâ€™s widest and only 3G network; a growing fibre optic cable footprint and WIMAX technology. For more details please go to: http://www.safaricom.co.ke/
Program Thematic Areas:
Shared Services in government: What success will look like â€“ case studies
Government anchor ICT projects: What we are doing and how far we have come
Breaking down the â€˜Siloâ€™ in Government : How can technology help
The role of local innovation
Managing data in Government
E-Commerce: Payment gateways and solutions
Smart Technology to deliver better citizen services
The primary partners of the initiative are Safaricom and Kenya ICT Board.
Other partners include Oracle, Microsoft, NetApp and Seven Seas Technologies.
Other than sponsorships, the partners will be bringing together experts in the various subjects to facilitate conversations about the topics to be covered at the workshops. Additionally, government officials will present some of the key ICT projects that are transformational in nature.