The Ministry of Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy has unveiled its Strategic Plan for the period 2023-2027. This blueprint outlines the Ministry’s objectives and strategies to fulfill its mandate in serving the citizens and achieving developmental goals. The plan aims to address emerging challenges, empower stakeholders with relevant information, and ensure accountability within the Ministry.

The Strategic Plan delineates seven key result areas, which include policy formulation, digital infrastructure development, provision of government services online, universal access to information, promotion of business process outsourcing and local content development, governance and human capital development, cybersecurity, data governance, and emerging technologies.

During the launch event held at a Nairobi hotel, Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Information, Communications, and the Digital Economy, Eliud Owalo, emphasized the importance of the Strategic Plan in guiding the Ministry’s activities over the next four years. He highlighted its alignment with the Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) and its role in poverty eradication, job creation, revenue enhancement, and economic growth.

Owalo underscored the significance of specific initiatives outlined in the plan, such as establishing a national addressing system, revitalizing key institutions like the Postal Corporation of Kenya, Kenya Broadcasting Corporation, and Kenya News Agency, and expanding broadband connectivity to the grassroots level. Furthermore, he emphasized the implementation of free public WiFi, digitization of government services, and enhancement of cybersecurity measures.

The CS reiterated the government’s commitment to fostering an enabling business environment conducive to information access and digital innovation. He stressed the importance of aligning the Ministry’s vision with national development frameworks such as Vision 2030, Sustainable Development Goals, and Africa Agenda 2063.

Regarding resource allocation, Owalo acknowledged a significant gap between the Ministry’s resource requirements and the projected budget. He called upon partners to support the Ministry in bridging this gap to effectively implement the Strategic Plan.

In addition to the CS’s remarks, Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, Prof. Edward Kisiang’ani, affirmed the government’s commitment to safeguarding national institutions and enhancing public access to government services. He emphasized the importance of technology in addressing societal challenges and improving service delivery.

Furthermore, Principal Secretary for ICT and Digital Economy, Eng. John Tanui, highlighted the Strategic Plan’s focus on infrastructure development to reduce the cost of doing business and stimulate economic growth. He expressed gratitude to partners such as the German Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale (GIZ) for their support in developing the plan.

Overall, the launch of the Ministry’s Strategic Plan signifies a concerted effort to leverage information, communication, and digital technologies for national development, aligning with Kenya’s broader economic and social objectives.

Table: Key Result Areas Identified in the Ministry’s Strategic Plan

Key Result Areas
1. Policy, Legal, and Institutional Frameworks
2. Digital Superhighway and Telecommunications Infrastructure
3. Digital Government Services and Products
4. Universal Access to Information
5. Business Process Outsourcing/ IT Enabled Services and Local Content Development
6. Governance, Finance, and Human Capital Development
7. Cybersecurity, Data Governance, and Emerging Technologies

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