[kictanet] New ICT chiefs to drive growth

John Masiwe jmasiwe at bluegate.co.ke
Mon Jun 23 10:32:00 EAT 2014

@Muraya, thanks for this.


This is commendable and I believe a step in the right direction. I hope guys appointed won’t only be focused in kitting out the ministries with the latest ICT gadgetry but will aid implement systems (content?) to improve internal efficiencies and service delivery. For instance, the CTO in the health ministry can start by coming up with a blueprint for a National Health Management System which can, among other things, help identify potential disease outbreaks and aid in mobilization of resources to avert such.


The Education CTO can aid in coming up with Learning Systems that the laptop recipients can use to make the machines truly meaningful in creating a digital generation. For instance, he can come up with a way to implement MIT’s popular Scratch programming language which aims to make young learners digital creators rather than just consumers. Or a system that can detect poor performance in lower grades so that necessary early  interventions can take place to improve outcomes in KCPE or KCSE for given counties. 


I guess nirvana will be attained if we can get guys who are both domain as well as ICT experts to drive the kind of ICT revolution that GoKe needs. 


Whatever systems implemented should have a cross functional coherence across all ministries. For instance, my details should be centrally updated but available across all ministries etc.. There should also be information sharing but within the limits of the Privacy Act which can aid the Security guys to identify patterns and potentially take out the bad guys before they cause mayhem.


I think each county should also have CTOs in addition to their ICT Country Execs to liaise with the Ministry CTOs.


Lastly, it is my hope that this initiative will help local ICT companies to win government tenders, particularly for sound locally developed solutions or even consultancies.


John Masiwe

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Blue Gate Technologies Ltd - Professional and Quality ICT Services

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The government has created a new position of chief information officer in technology in every ministry to help it keep pace with fast-changing ICT world... 


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