Private sector players have been asked to collaborate with government in developing ICT infrastructure that will motivate youth to innovate.

Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunication Sammy Itemere noted that the youth were an asset to the country and therefore needed a vibrant ICT infrastructure to enable them develop their potentials and skills for economic transformation.

Speaking at a Nairobi hotel today during the launch of the Enterprise and the Public Sector ICT Survey report, Mr Itemere said the government had made broadband connectivity and access a priority development to bridge the digital divide and scale up uptake of e-government services.

To accelerate development and expansion of the ICT sector in the country, Mr Itemere noted, there was need for joint efforts through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) to provide funding and technical support.

He added that the government was working with the private sector to build national cyber security capabilities focused on operations and infrastructure to ensure integrity and competitiveness of ICT systems and information in the country.

The Principal Secretary for Planning and Statistics Mr Irungu Nyakera said the public Sector survey report conducted between February and March last year indicated that 80% of government premises have internet connectivity and the 75% of public offices use the facility.

Mr. Nyakera said the government was increasing diffusion of ICT in its offices to facility efficiency and add value to services delivered to the public.

By Cheruiyot Korir, April 26th, 2017