Kenya has taken a significant leap towards digital transformation with the launch of the Digital Superhighway Project, allowing citizens access to nearly 17,000 government services online.
This milestone was announced by Prof Edward Kisiang’ani, the Principal Secretary for Broadcasting and Telecommunications, during the opening ceremony of the 1st African preparatory meeting for the World Telecommunications Development Conference (WTDC-25).
Highlighting the government's commitment to enhancing e-Government services, Kisiang’ani revealed, "The government has approved the implementation of several initiatives as part of its new Digital Superhighway Project."
He emphasized that this initiative is part of a broader strategy to increase accessibility to government services across the nation.
A significant aspect of this endeavour is the deployment of communications infrastructure through the Universal Service Fund (USF).
Kisiang’ani noted that this infrastructure has already connected approximately 750,000 individuals to mobile network services in remote and underserved regions of Kenya.
Moreover, the government aims to automate over 5,000 government services, further streamlining administrative processes and improving efficiency.
This move aligns with the nation's vision to embrace digital solutions and harness technology for the benefit of its citizens.
David Mugonyi, the Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya (CAK), underscored the importance of creating an enabling environment for ICT development.
He stated, "As the Authority plays oversight roles, it is creating a conducive environment that promotes affordable access to ICTs, healthy competition, and attracting new investors with the intent of creating more jobs."
Kenya's strong connectivity infrastructure was also highlighted during the event. Mugonyi mentioned that the country boasts six submarine cables, positioning it as one of the most connected nations on the Eastern Coast of Africa.
This extensive connectivity enhances Kenya's global reach and reinforces its status as a hub for technological innovation and investment.
John Omo, the Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU), expressed pride in the organization's role as the primary interface with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
He emphasized ATU's commitment to representing Africa's interests on the global stage and advocating for the continent's advancement in telecommunications and technology.
As Kenya continues to make strides in digitization, the launch of the Digital Superhighway Project marks a significant step towards a more accessible, efficient, and inclusive governance system, ultimately benefiting millions of citizens across the country.