ICT summit kicks off in Kwale
The 9th annual Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) conference dubbed ‘Connected Kenya’ kicked off in Kwale County on Monday.
The connected Kenya summit 2017 which has its theme ‘Shaping the Future’ with particular emphasis on cyber crime will end on Thursday.
In attendance are a galaxy of policymakers, regulators, consultants and investors from the private and public sectors.
The summit a brain child of the Kenya ICT Board decried the escalating rate of cyber crime in the country.
Joyce-Ann Wainaina, Chief Executive Officer for Citibank described cyber security as ‘ICT sector’s new headache’.
Speaking at the opening ceremony Bungoma Governor, Ken Lusaka who is also the Chairman of ICT at the Council of Governors reiterated the role of ICT on devolution.
Lusaka said the 47 devolved units were investing heavily in ICT in order to automate revenue management and enhance service delivery adding the units have fully embraced ICT technologies in revenue management solutions to seal corruption loopholes.
“For example in my county in 2013 we collected Shs. 182 million in revenue but in 2016 after having launched automated revenue management system the figure rose to Shs. 680 million,” he said.
The governor said technology is increasingly being used to deploy essential services closer to the people especially those living in rural areas.
“County administrations hope to tap into the abundant opportunities in the ICT sector to help accelerate efforts to reduce poverty and ignorance,” said the governor.
ICT Authority Chief Executive Officer, Robert Mugo said one of the key objectives of the summit is to develop and recommend policy, regulatory and operational interventions necessary to ensure management of citizens’ data for mutual benefit of both the government and private sector.
“Data collection is helping the government to explore some of the driving forces that can impact on quality and speed up service delivery,” he said.
Mugo said cyber crime was on the rise because ‘computer and internet based transactions was increasing at a fast rate’.
He said a bill touching on cyber law was before parliament which he said is hoped to check the increasing cases of cyber fraud and crime.
ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru and his two Principal Secretaries, Victor Kyalo (ICT and Innovations) and Sammy Itemere (Broadcasting and Telecommunications) are expected to make keynote presentations at the summit on Tuesday.
By Hussein Abdullahi