In order to enhance ease of doing Business and Governance, the Government has implemented the following initiatives;
The Government enacted the Kenya Information Communication Amendment Act (KICA) 2013 that actualized a framework for the realization of the right to freedom of information and the media as provided for under article 34 of the Constitution 2010.
The Act created Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) as an independent body that is free of Government, political or any other commercial interests’ controls to regulate the ICT sector. The Act also provides a framework for dealing with issues relating to competition and consumer protection in the ICT sector. This has ensured that every person has a right to freedom of expression.
The creation of Information Communication Authority (ICTA) brought the administration and development of ICT services under one roof leading to improved service delivery for Kenyans. The merging of the previous three institutions (ICT Board, Directorate of E-government and the Government IT Services) reduced duplication of functions thereby saving Government resources spent on both human and capital expenditure. The Authority will rationalize and streamline the management of all Government of Kenya ICT functions, enforce ICT standards in Government and enhance the supervision of Government electronic communication.
The enactment of the Media Act 2013 that established the Media Council and the Complaints Commission gave Kenyans a platform for arbitration of cases and complaints against the media. In addition, enforcement of the Act has promoted professional standards in media training and practice of journalism.
The Government launched MyGov.go.ke website, the official government website that provides current news and information on government development programmes. The website will eventually be developed to become the digital advertising platform for the Government by 2015/16 FY. Kenyans can now stay informed about their government at the touch of a button. This is in line with the Jubilee Government’s manifesto of going digital and making the government open to the public.
The Ministry developed and launched the following policy documents to steer the development and management of the ICT sector;
Further, the ministry also launched two Kenya Computer Incident Response Teams (KE–CIRT) at Communication Authority and another one at ICT Authority. The KE–CIRT will help the Government in protecting Kenyans from attacks that might lead to loss of resources. The implementation of the Smart Kenya Master Plan will lay the foundation for a knowledge based economy. In addition, the Government completed linking SIM card registration to National ID databases thereby enabling network operators to know their customers, which is helping to curb cyber-attacks and related crimes.
During the two years under review, the Ministry also facilitated the rollout of the “Long Term Evolution (4G) Networks” through the development of Spectrum management policy and already one of the operators has started introducing high speed internet to the public in Nairobi later to Mombasa.
Kenya initiated the establishment of One- Network-Area Platform in the East African Community which was endorsed by the Head of States during the fifth Northern Corridor Summit in May, 2015. Kenya has established and implemented platform for mobile telephone service with Rwanda and Uganda through which Kenyans are enjoying lower cross-border business transactions at KShs. 10 per minute on mobile voice communications. Other EAC Member States have undertaken to join this arrangement by July 2015.