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Government to push more services online, PS says

Monday, February 12th, 2024 02:01 | By
Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Prof Edward Kisiang’ani. PHOTO/Print
Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Prof Edward Kisiang’ani. PHOTO/Print

Kenyans will now be able to access close to 17,000 government services online, Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications Prof Edward Kisiang’ani (pictured) has revealed.


He noted that through Universal Service Fund (USF), the government has deployed communications infrastructure, which has connected about 750,000 people to mobile network services in various hard-to-reach and underserved regions of the country.


“In view of this, the government has approved the implementation of several initiatives as part of its new Digital Superhighway Project, and it is part of a move by the government to increase e-Government services,” the PS stated.


Kisiang’ani who spoke during the opening ceremony of the 1st African preparatory meeting for the World Telecommunications Development Conference (WTDC-25), noted that the government is keen to automate over 5,000 government services.


Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK) Director General, David Mugonyi said that as the Authority plays oversight roles, it is creating a conducive environment that promotes affordable access to ICTs, healthy competition, and attracting new investors with the intent of creating more jobs. CAK is a partner in the convening of the 1st preparatory meeting for WTDC-25 alongside the African Telecommunications Union (ATU).

“Kenya currently boasts of being one of the most connected countries on the Eastern Coast of Africa with six submarine cables that offer connectivity to the rest of the world via redundant routing,” said Mugonyi.
The Secretary General of ATU, John Omo said his organisation is proud to be the primary interface with International Telecommunication Union and the representative of Africa and Africa’s interests at various global decision-making forums.

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