The Kenyan government is implementing the Kenya National Digital Master Plan 2022-2032, with the aim of boosting digital competitiveness. The plan has five key pillars, including digital infrastructure, digital services and data management, digital skills, digital entrepreneurship, and effective alignment to policy, legal, and regulatory frameworks.
The Cabinet Secretary, Eliud Owalo, stated that the government is leveraging ICT to deliver more efficient information and public services. Through the E-citizen platform, 839 services have already been digitized, with a target of 5,000 government services to be digitized by June 2023.
He also mentioned that plans are underway to establish and operationalize the national digital identity, which will enable the use of digital technologies to identify Kenyans through a national integrated identity management system.
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Under the digital infrastructure pillar, the government aims to expand the national digital superhighway fiber optic cable by 100,000km over the next five years in partnership with the private sector.
Regarding the skills pillar, Owalo stated that the government is making people digitally literate, equipping them with digital skills for optimal uptake of online opportunities. He noted that digital village smart hubs and studios in each of the nation’s wards are to be designed to support learning, innovation, and entrepreneurship by offering free working spaces and Wi-Fi to facilitate uptake of online jobs by youths across the country.