The Kenya government is reviewing the Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) policy to take into consideration emerging technological innovation for growth of the Sector.
Broadcasting and Telecommunication PS Sammy Itemere said review the of the ICT policy is motivated by the need to have more ICT companies operate in the county and for listing in the stock market.
Speaking in his this week when he received a delegation from the Global System Mobile Association (GSMA) at his Telposta office, Mr Itemere said the government encouraged mobile operators to expand broadband services to rural areas to facilitate growth of digital economy.
He said the government was implementing and aggressive program to establish Constituency innovation hubs in rural areas that will officer youth the opportunity to demonstrated their innovative skills and provide them opportunity to access on-line jobs.
The GSMA’s Mobile Market Engagement Director for Africa and the Middle East Gerald Rasugu said it was lobbying on governments in Africa and across the globe to formulate progressive policy and legislative frameworks that encourage growth of technology uptake especially the mobile phone use.
Mr Rasugu said mobile telephone use was key in having governments make smart transactions that bring down cost of services, and create efficiency in the collection and management of public funds. He said an Association of Mobile operators was being formed in Kenya to harmonize mobile money transfers for efficiency, adding that telecom operators in Kenya must be willing to collaborate in sharing infrastructure for successful delivery of services.