Kenya National Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Master Plan 2013/14 -2017/18 is an ambitious undertaking, poised to cement Kenya’s position as Africa’s leading ICT Hub.
The fact it is a part of, and derives strength from, the 2006 National Information and Communications Technology Policy (policy) demonstrates the policy is responsive to domestic and global developments. Since its adoption, it has provided a normative framework through which the Kenyan ICT sector has hugely contributed to the country’s economic growth.
Most noticeable has been the growth in mobile commerce, with more than two-thirds of the adult population engaging in it, making Kenya the world leader in mobile payments.
Although Kenya has come a long way in introducing liberal market reforms that have immensely benefited the technology sector, policy challenges remain. Just like most major economies, such as China, the government has actively promoted and supported the development of technologies that bolster the horizontal flow of information, but at the same time, has devoted substantial efforts to control the substance of information flowing via these technologies. Kenya, therefore, needs to introduce a number of policy reforms, key among which is addressing the current policy disjuncture between the policy’s liberal values on the one hand and the draconian and media national security laws.
Please see full publication here, (from page 61) in the Harvard Africa Policy Journal from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.