September 20, 2018                                       By Cheruiyot Korir

The Senate and Parliamentary Committees on ICT have pledged to remove barriers that hinder investment in ICT in the country.

House Committee Chairman William Kisang and Senate Vice Chairperson Ashiro Halake  called on ICT industry players and the government to  engage the two committees on legislative , policy and tax regimes that hinder investment and growth in the ICT to seek solutions to the challenges.

Mr. Kisang expressed concern over poor broadcast and telecommunication signals is some areas of the country noting that for full coverage of the country, there was need to attract investments in the sector through provision of incentive and removal of barriers that discourage private sector investment.

Mrs. Halake said the development of ICT infrastructure, products, and services are important because it promotes democracy and empowerment of women. Mrs. Halake cited ICT platform as an instrument that will facilitate women to create networks and mobilize supported for elective positions..

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru called on the ICT companies to list at the Nairobi stock Exchange to allow citizens to purchase shares and benefit from the growth of the companies.

Mr. Mucheru said a lot of progresses have been made in bringing the public and private sectors to work together towards the development of the industry.

The three officials made the remarks at the Intercontinental hotel today during a preparatory meeting for the Connected Kenya Summit Scheduled for the Bomas of Kenya next month.