State to establish ICT hubs in all constituencies

The government plans to establish ICT innovation hubs countrywide with free Wi-Fi services in all the 290 constituencies by June next year.

Information, Communication and Technology Cabinet Secretary Mr. Joe Mucheru said the project dubbed, ‘Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIH)’, is aimed at transforming the country and bridging the connectivity gap in rural and urban areas.

“These centers will help expand knowledge based economy among the rural population and enable them access online services and opportunities such as tenders and employment,” he said.

Mucheru said that if well adopted and utilised, the project will enhance skills and information access particularly among the youth.

To make the project a reality, the CS noted that the government has connected four submarine cables and national optic fibre infrastructure in all the sub counties across the country and plans to increase more cables were underway.

He revealed Constituency Innovation Hubs will facilitate and motivate youth to get involved in developing and learning about their communities and forge increased commitment and empowerment.

“The Constituency Innovation Hubs (CIH) project will transform Kenya and bridge the connectivity gap as well as enhance skills and information access, particularly among the youth,” he said, noting that ICT-literate population will strengthen Kenya’s position as an industry leader and attractiveness as an ICT and innovation hub.

CS Mucheru was speaking last week during the launch of Intrasoft International’s Africa Office at a Nairobi hotel.

The CS said the government was committed to expanding ICT infrastructure and enhance internet connectivity to attract investment in the sector.

He said the state had created conducive environment for ICT to thrive in the country through development of responsive policy guidelines and regulatory frameworks.

“I want to encourage technology companies to invest in the local market in order to join other players in offering innovative solutions that optimises on efficiency and productivity for economic growth,” he added

“Internet Connectivity has enabled the successful roll out of the digital learning programme, which imparts digital literacy skills to pupils and teachers and inculcates an innovation culture from the onset,” he noted.

Mucheru said the digital learning programme roll out has so far delivered over 1.2 million learning devices to 22, 000 public primary schools countrywide, adding that over 68,000 teachers have already received training on ICT basic literacy skills.

 

 

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