‘Gov’t to digitise all 7,000 services by end year’ – Ruto
President William Ruto has promised that the government will digitise all its 7,000 services by the end of the year.
The President says that currently, the government is offering 5,000 services on its digital platforms up from 320, marking a major milestone in digital migration.
"We have increased the number of services available on the digital platform from 320 to 5,000 and intend to cover all services (about 7000) by the end of this year to enable citizens to access services without bureaucracy," Ruto said.
According to Ruto, Kenya is among the few countries in Africa to establish a policy framework for data protection which includes comprehensive legislation and regulations to safeguard privacy and personal data.
"Kenya is among the earliest of its continent's peers to establish a policy framework for data protection which includes comprehensive legislation and regulations to safeguard privacy and personal data. We're ready to execute our leap into a brave new world and become a fully-fledged digital economy," he added.
President Ruto was speaking during the seventh Annual ID4 Africa Conference held in Nairobi on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.
Ruto on Africa Continental free trade area
Ruto also urged African leaders to open borders for intra-continental trade.
"The identity journey must not erect barriers but present opportunities for ease of movement. We should make it easy for people to cross borders and be able to separate the bad guys from the good guys," he said.
"Our identity ecosystem must facilitate us (Africa) to actualize the tenets and the principles of the Africa Continental free trade area that provides us with an opportunity to trade and increase intra-Africa trade from 10% to where Europe, America and Asia."
Ruto said that the government is investing 30 per cent of its resources in education training and research to develop human capital.