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Accelerating Kenya’s Digital Economy

  Nov 22, 2019
 

Since 2016, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector in Kenya has consistently recorded an average annual growth rate of 10.8% making it the fastest-growing sector. This has, in turn, rendered the sector as a crucial player in job creation and in the country’s overall economic development.

It important for the government to fully embrace digital technologies and communications seeing how big a role ICT plays in the country’s economic growth. In 2014, the government launched the eCitizen online platform which was aimed at improving service delivery by digitizing government services. However, there is a lot more that can be done in terms of integrating registries and services country-wide.

The 20th Edition of the Kenya Economic Update: “Securing Future Growth, by the World Bank, was launched at the Strathmore University Business School on the 31st October 2019.

The report highlighted the need to create stronger digital foundations if the ICT sector is to continue blossoming. It further noted that telecommunications regulations in Kenya have been struggling to match up to emerging technologies and the evolving market dynamics.

“For Kenya to keep pace with technology innovation and the growth of the global digital economy will require stronger digital foundations, such as new regulations and policy guidelines designed to support the digital transformation,” Kenya economic Update: Securing Future Growth.

“Kenya is eager to position itself as a hub for information and communication technologies, e-commerce and digital services,” said Casey Torgusson, World Bank Senior Digital Specialist.

In terms of coming up with policies and regulations for the ICT sector, the Data Protection Bill 2018 is under debate by Parliament. This Bill establishes the data rights of the citizens and regulates the processing of personal data. Though the Bill is yet to be passed to become law, it plays a huge role in the enforcement of cybersecurity regulations.

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