The ICT Authority today hosted over 20 government agencies, in a forum presided over by the Principal Secretary, State Department of Innovation, Jerome Ochieng, at a Nairobi Hotel to discuss on how they can leverage on ICT in the implementation of the Big Four Agenda.

In his remarks, PS, Jerome Ochieng emphasized the need for collaboration between the various government agencies to fast-track the achievement of the Big Four Agenda and enable better service delivery to mwananchi.

“Manufacturing, Universal Healthcare, Food Security and Affordable Housing are aspects that are about the individual and the government of Kenya wants these issues which are close to the heart of every single Kenyan adequately addressed“, said PS Jerome. “The government is trying very hard to ensure that there is a partnership between the private sector and government to harness our various synergies and move our country forward.”

The ICT Authority Ag. CEO, John Sergon, also urged the government agencies to embrace partnerships with each other as this key to driving the country’s development agenda.

“Connected Kenya Summit has always provided the forum for all of us to come together and share our experiences. One of the ways through which we are enabling this is through the Connected Summit which brings together everyone in the ICT sector to define the future,” he added.

The Connected Summit, which has been held annually for the last 10 years brings together industry thought leadership to engage on emerging trends and innovations in the ICT sector. This year’s edition which will be held at the Bomas of Kenya from 22nd – 24th October under the theme, Preserving our heritage, Pioneering technology.

“Technology has done so much for us,” said National Housing Corporation representative Susan Kisaka. “We are committed to delivering on the Big Four Agenda of Affordable Housing and NHC is now providing paperless services to our customers across the country.”

On his part, Sony Sugar Company Limited Head of ICT James Oluoch, who was among the speakers at the forum, challenged ICT service providers to generate solutions that will deliver connectivity to the grassroots in order to maximize impact for the citizens at the grassroots who are the real implementers of the Big Four.

Guests who attended the event lauded the initiative citing it as a step in the right direction for the sector which has experienced tremendous growth over the last decade.

During the just concluded UN General Assembly where President Uhuru Kenyatta was appointed as the Youth Ambassador, Kenya was recognized as one of the few countries in the world that have allocated 30% procurement opportunities for the youth with ICT set to play an even bigger role in driving the country’s development agenda.

Over 500 delegates from across East Africa are expected to attend 2018 Connected Kenya Summit which is supported by Telkom Kenya, Atlancis Technologies, Safaricom, Cellulant, Liquid Telecom and Intel among other partners.

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