Kenya is expected to have in place the new National ICT policy in the next one month once the review of the 2006 policy is finalized. The Information, Communication and Technology ministry has said that the review process is in its last stages of stakeholder’s consultation before the ministry compiles it and Cabinet approves.
The result of the review process is expected to be an inclusive policy document that is aligned with the new constitutional dispensation and Vision 2030 economic blueprint of transforming Kenya into a leading information and knowledge economic hub in the region.
Addressing stakeholders consultation forum in Nairobi, ICT CS, Joe Mucheru said, “We expect that the stakeholders are going to give us the final comment so that the ministry can go through it and compile it and later Cabinet approves. We foresee this happening in the next 14 to 30 days then we will have a new policy,” reiterated ICT CS.
The new policy will bring major changes in the sector due to continuous introduction and use of new technology, which need to be regulated and managed to avoid competition conflicts. Also, ICT companies will be allowed to list at the NSE (Nairobi Securities Exchange) bourse hence inviting the public to participate in company’s activities and promote growth and value of the sector.
In March 2016, the process of reviewing the policy began covering three sector groups. One is infrastructural issues, the other on devices, applications and content while third group has been looking at how the policy will address the new and emerging issues.
A draft document on the policy guidelines was developed in 2015 but upon extensive consultation, it was felt that it required further input aimed at providing a more inclusive document incorporating additional new and emerging issues within the ICT sector.