Information Communication Technology Authority (ICTA), signed a memorandum of understanding with Oracle Technology Systems (Kenya) Limited on January 23, 2015. This is in efforts to raise the level of technical understanding and IT skills required to underpin the deployment of e-Government services in Kenya.
Based on the Kenya’s National ICT Master Plan, a strategy to make the country an ICT hub that is globally competitive in the digital economy, the MOU deepens the cooperation between Oracle and the ICTAK to broaden the IT skills in the region and support the transition of Kenya and its citizens into the digital age.
“Oracle welcomes and supports the Kenyan government’s ICT initiatives to drive Kenya’s digital future and create an environment where all citizens can prosper and succeed,” says Country Managing Director for Oracle Kenya, Dr Gilbert Saggia. “And as the country prospers in the digital age, Oracle and its Kenyan partners will also prosper as we support both public and private organizations in optimizing their business processes through the implementation of global best-in-class technology.”
Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Dr Fred Matiangi said “As a government we have ventured on several programmes to realize our vision of creating at least 37 commercialized ICT companies in the next few years. This cannot be delivered single-handedly, we need collaboration from the private sector and academia to scale that is why the programme between ICT Authority and Oracle is vital.”
“We need to create a robust ecosystem, if we are to achieve our mandate as the ICT Authority. Collaborations, like the one between ourselves and Oracle are the only way we will be able to achieve success in the sector,” said Victor Kyalo, Ag. CEO, ICT Authority. “I commend Oracle for helping to ensure that teachers and lecturers are also equipped with requisite ICT skills. We need to increase the number of trainers and training facilities in Kenya if we are to achieve our vision of a digital economy,” Kyalo added.
The organizations will collaborate in the areas of capacity building, ICT literacy and awareness, best practice sharing, enterprise development and innovation. Other Initiatives will include internship and mentoring opportunities, sharing e-Government best practices, corporate leadership activities that benefit the community, as well as enhancing ICT skills development programs and initiatives.