September 19th 2018                          By Cheruiyot Korir

The government has invited technology companies in the country for a public private partnership in the implementation of the Big Four Agenda.

Cabinets Secretary for ICT Mr Joe Mucheru said there exists a lot of opportunities in the Health, Agricultural, Housing and Manufacturing favourable for  private sector investment and called on technology companies to move in and partner with the government to facilitate the implementation and the achievement of the big four agenda.

Speaking at the Windsor Golf Country Club  during a Huawei Redington Partnership Summit for ICT investors, Mr Mucheru said the government was ready to provide incentives to private investors to attract investments in micro and macro ICT enterprises. He said technology can be deployed to provide financial solutions, boost agri-business and big data necessary for technological transformations.

The Cabinet Secretary said the government has taken drastic measures to clean up the public sector through arrest and prosecution of corrupt officers in an effort to shore up public and investor confidence in government institutions. He added that the private sector is also required to understand and abide by the public procurement rules and regulations and do legitimate business with the government.

He said the government plans to open a White box, a digital platform where citizens with innovative solutions would deposit their innovative ideas. He said IT experts together with the pertinent owners would subject the idea to research to ascertain its viability. He noted that  if found to be viable, the technology solution  would commercialised and adopted by the government to facilitate delivery of services to the public.

He said following successful roll out of the Digital Literacy Program for the class one pupils in public schools, the government has started to build computer labs for each of the upper classrooms to prepare the students for an information society.