The ICT Authority in collaboration with the Media Council of Kenya is this week conducting a virtual training for journalists on writing stories about technology. The event was graced by the CEOs of the ICT Authority Dr.Katherine Getao and the Media Council of Kenya ,David Omwoyo.

Dr. Getao highlighted the functions of the ICT Authority as stipulated in the Kenya Gazette Supplement No. 118, Legal Notice No.183 of 16th August 2013. These functionalities include setting and enforcing ICT standards and guidelines for the human resource, infrastructure, processes and system and technology for the public office and public service. The Authority is also responsible for the deployment and management of all ICT staff in the Public Service. It also facilitates and regulates the design, implementation and use of ICTs in the Public Service.

The Authority said that the training would go a long way in getting the media to showcase the role technology is playing in transforming the lives of citizens.
“With this training, I believe the ICT Authority together with journalists will work together in communicating the right information about the State Corporation” said Dr.Getao.

The CEO also spoke about the projects being undertaken by the ICT Authority.

(a) Through DLP the Authority has installed over one million devices in over 22,000 public primary schools. Most recently, the Authority partnered with four universities namely Kenyatta, Dedan Kimathi, Moi and Jomo Kenyatta University of Technology & Agriculture to design and prototype a ‘fit-for-purpose’ digital device that will used by learners from low income households for e-learning.

(b) NOFBI-The project is now complete The Authority is also planning to commercialize the fiber that is being done through the National Fibre Optic Cable (NOFBI) including the World Bank financed East Africa Regional Transport, Trade and Development Facilitation Program (EARTTDFP) which will provide 630kms of fiber. NOFBI, which currently spans 8,900 kms is reaching all 47 counties.

(c) Through the Presidential Digital PDTP we have trained and mentored I,300 interns who have a background in ICT ,Engineering and other areas like Law, Education, Agriculture and the built environment. They have received hands-on training on their areas of specialization and this is to boost their technical skills and so improve their entrepreneurial skills as well as employability. We have recently on-boarded 400 interns for Cohort V.

(d) Through East African It is envisaged that the launched project will:

i. Develop ICTs that support forthcoming economic initiatives such as fishery in Lake Turkana, as well as irrigation and animal resources in the North-Western parts of Kenya;
ii. Contribute to economic growth in the region through increased trade and better logistics applications that enable port access (Mombasa) for landlocked countries;
iii. Fully integrate the underdeveloped North-Western parts of Kenya into the larger Kenyan economy and facilitate the restoration and development of the South Sudan economy. This can be achieved by promoting and facilitating regional economic integration between South Sudan and East African neighboring countries;
iv. Provide alternative direct road access to the port of Mombasa for South Sudan’s export/imports (without transiting another country), as well as facilitating reconstruction efforts in all sectors in South Sudan;
v. Enhance service delivery and at the same time attract development and roadside businesses in the less developed areas of the road corridor within the two economies

All these projects are impacting the lives of the ordinary citizens from Mama mboga who is utilizing the connectivity to those seeking government services from Huduma Centres across the country.

Also present in the call were the ICT Authority Directors Rosemary Ndiritu, Michael Odhiambo, Paul Ronoh and several Heads of Departments. There were also journalists from different parts of the country.