[kictanet] New ICT chiefs to drive growth

Ngigi Waithaka ngigi at at.co.ke
Mon Jun 23 10:43:51 EAT 2014


My 2 cents,

Before we even start off with the Ministries, what we need is a GoK or in
KICTA a CTO/CIO, someone whose work is to push for innovations in the
Government.

This person should have very clear deliverables and expectations for their
office and a large part of it should be in building or funding innovations
that help GoKs and I would expect a lot of it should be to do with building
Kenya as a technology hub and not just consuming technoiogy built elsewhere.

This person / under their office should then recruit his team in different
Ministries.

The problem I see with the proposed approach is that, as it is, every
Ministry has a head of IT and most likely they will just transform into the
new roles and nothing will change.

Regards


On Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 10:32 AM, John Masiwe via kictanet <
kictanet at lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

> @Muraya, thanks for this.
>
>
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> 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.
>
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> 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.
>
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> 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.
>
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> I think each county should also have CTOs in addition to their ICT Country
> Execs to liaise with the Ministry CTOs.
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>
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> 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.
>
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> *From:* kictanet [mailto:kictanet-bounces+jmasiwe=
> bluegate.co.ke at lists.kictanet.or.ke] *On Behalf Of *S.M. Muraya via
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> *Subject:* [kictanet] New ICT chiefs to drive growth
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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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> http://mobile.nation.co.ke/business/ICT-Ministries-Government-Fred-Matiangi/-/1950106/2351838/-/format/xhtml/-/qfqw4i/-/index.html
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