Kenya’s CS for ICT Joe Mucheru has officially opened Connected Kenya Summit that is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The fair, for the first time, is being staged at Bomas of Kenya. Previous events were held in Coast Province, and there is a good chance that the next summits will be held in other parts of the country.
During his keynote, Mr. Mucheru highlighted a series of successes the summit has achieved so far. They include Kenya’s journey toward digitization as marked by projects such as Ajira Digital that has trained more than 800 young people with digital skills, as well as the offerings of Huduma Centres that have massively cut the bureaucracies of accessing government services.
Speaking of Huduma Centre, Mr. Mucheru has announced that Kenyans will now be assigned with special numbers or identifiers that will help in hastening delivery of services. The Huduma number will be given to all Kenyans in an attempt to synchronize citizens’ data with other government services.
What is more, Mr. Mucheru says that the government plans to roll our Smart Stops in conjunction with NTSA. According to the CS, this will help incident reporting that has been a menace in the recent past.
Lastly, White Box has finally been announced. More details were covered in a previous post. The ICT Ministry has set aside KES 1 billion to encourage the growth of startups.
The opening ceremony will be concluded on October 24.