The Ministry of ICT Kenya has the responsibility of formulating, administering, managing and developing the Information, Broadcasting and Communication policy.
In May, 2016, through an Executive Order No. 1/2016, the Ministry was split into two state Departments. These two state departments are:- The State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunications and the State Department of ICT and Innovation.
Mandate of the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT)
The mandate of the Ministry of ICT as derived from Presidential Executive Order No.1/2016 of May 2016 comprises the formulation of policies and laws that regulate standards and services in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector, Telecommunications and the Media industry. It is also charged with the responsibility of developing and administering ICT standards, building capacity of mass media and ICT, and the dissemination of public information through the Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC).
Function of the Ministry of ICT Kenya
The function of the Ministry is executed by the two State Departments as outlined in the Executive order No.1/2016.
Functions of the State Department of ICT and Innovation
- National ICT policy and innovation
- Promote e-Government
- Promotion of software development industry
- ICT Agency (E-Government ,Kenya ICT Board and Government Information Technology Services)
- Provision of ICT technical support to MDAs
- Policy on automation of Government Services
- Development of National Communication Capacity and Infrastructure
- Management of National Fibre Optic Infrastructure
Functions of the State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunication
- Telecommunication policy
- Broadcasting policy
- Language policy management
- Public Communication
- Government Advertising Agency
- Coordination of National Government Advertising services
- Postal and courier services
- Government Telecommunication services
- The Kenya Brand
- Communications Commission of Kenya
- Kenya Broadcasting Corporation
- Kenya Film Classiication Board
- Kenya Film Commission
- Kenya Information Communication Technology Authority
- Kenya Institute of Mass Communication
- Kenya Year Book Editorial Board
- Konza Technopolis Development Authority
- Media Council of Kenya
- National Communications Secretariat
- Postal Corporation of Kenya
Ministry of ICT Kenya Top Management
Cabinet Secretary: Joseph Mucheru
Principal Secretary: Victor Kyalo (State Department of ICT and Innovation)
Principal Secretary: Sammy Itemere (State Department of Broadcasting and Telecommunication)
Ministry of ICT Kenya Projects
Digital Literacy Programme(DLP)
The government initiated the program out of the conviction that technology has the power to bring about systemic change in basic and higher education by transforming teaching and learning through integrating technology in the learning environment. The learners are entitled to a luminous green tablet while the teachers receive a blue laptop.
In the on-going implementation targeting all public Primary schools in Kenya.
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Over 75000 teachers in public Primary Schools have been trained in readiness for the project implementation. With full implementation of the DLP project, the government expects increased national digital literacy levels and revolution of the countries digital economy.
Presidential Digital Talent Program (PDTP)
The project was conceived through the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Master plan. The program is aimed at growing ICT through leadership and increase the relevance of ICT in business principles in management and public service delivery. It is also aimed at building ICT technical capacity in government for effective service delivery. The program provides internship to ICT and engineering graduates. The trainees undergo mentorship in private and public institutions for a period of one year. The first 100 trainees graduated in March 2016 and another group of 400 are already onboard undergoing training.
The program aims at achieving workforce development for effective and efficient services delivery leveraging on ICT.
Constituency Digital Innovation Hubs
The projects in its initial stages has had its first proof of concept successfully set up in Limuru. Procurement process is being undertaken. The objectives of the project is to support entrepreneurs and access to free Wi-Fi in all the 290 constituencies countrywide. It will also enhance awareness and uptake of on-line platforms for employment and business opportunities.
KonzaCity is set to be a world-class Smart City and a prime economic driver for the nation, with a robust mix of businesses, workers, residents, and urban amenities. It will be the country’s heart of innovative solutions for ICTs, business, and health and education.
The government purchased 5000 acres of land for the project located in Konza in Makueni County. Cadastal survey has been completed and a perimeter wall constructed around it. The 4.1 Km auto boulevard (main road) and another 8.1Km access roads to individual parcels at the KonzaTechnopolis have been completed and are in use. Provision of bulk clean water from Nol-Turesh main supply has been completed and the commodity is now available for construction works and residential purpose. Plans are at advance stage to for the provision of power from three power stations to the site. Establishment of trunk fibre connectivity to the Techno city is 70% complete. It is expected to generate 16, 000 direct jobs.
Optic Fibre Cable
NOFBI Phase 2
By June 2013, 4,300 Km of the National Optic Fibre Backbone (NOFBI) Network had been laid in 27 Counties. In June 2016, over 6, 000 Km of NOFBI network had been laid across all the 47 Counties. 44 out of 46 OSP and LAN survey in the Counties have been completed. Installation of equipment has been completed in 29 Counties while installation works is in progress in 9 Counties. OSP and LAN has been completed in 29 Counties.
Ministry to Work with Private Sector Players to Complete NOFBI Project
The Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology Mr. Joe Mucheru has said his Ministry will engage with the Private Sector players to conclude the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) which aims to enhance universal access to affordable ICTs countrywide. Mr. Mucheru said the completion of the project will make internet services more reliable, besides enabling citizens to access government services online with ease. “The Government is committed to increasing internet penetration in the country
Migration from analogue TV to digital TV broadcast
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Following migration to the digital platform, rapid growth in the TV broadcast industry has been witnessed. Already there are 65 Free to air TV stations in the country. The progress of digital migration is 80% complete. Out of 20 Transmitters that have been delivered, 10 have been installed and are on air at: Lamu, Kitui, MbuiNzau (Makueni) Namanga (Kajiado) , wajir, Nyamninia (Siaya), Vuria (TaitaTavetta), Nyadundo (Nyandarua), Nyambene, (Embu/Meru/Isiolo), Webuye, Londiani.
Migration from Medium Wave to FM radio Transmission-KBC: The programme is on-going and it is 50% complete. The following stations have been installed and commissioned: Limuru, Timboroa, Kapenguria,Kisii, Nyamninia (Yala), Vuria, Malindi, Lamu, Garsen, Nyambene, Kitui, Garissa, Kisumu, Nyeri, Mazeras, Kapsimotwo and Nyadundo Migration to FM radio transmission is expected to contribute to sector development and growth, increased access to information that will lead to improved education and health services and promotion of local cultural heritage.
Communication strategy for migration of Kenyans from the analogue to the digital broadcasting platforms
Communication strategy for migration of Kenyans from the analogue to the digital broadcasting platforms The Digital Television Committee (DTC) in July 2013 reconstituted the Consumer Awareness Sub-committee. The Committee was tasked with the mandate of providing the DTC with the strategic advice on the required education and awareness activities on the digital migration process in Kenya.
This is a new project which is at procurement level. The project aims at enhancing availability of accessible recording studios and enhancement of self-employment opportunities for artists in the robust creative music industry.
Ministry of ICT – Ministry Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Contacts
Ministry of Information, Communications and Telecommunication
Physical Address: Telposta Towers, Kenyatta Ave. Koinange Street
Postal Address: P.O Box 30025-00100
City: Nairobi Kenya
Telephone: (+254) 4920000 / 1