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Friday July 22, 2016

Lack of skilled ICT personnel and low budgetary allocation is hampering the automation of county governments and as a result hitting service delivery, a new report by the Ministry of Information and Communications says.

The report, County ICT roadmaps 2015-2020, unveiled Tuesday said most county governments only allocate one per cent of their budget money on ICT- related projects compared to five per cent that is the global best practice.

The report also noted that in most of the counties, the ICT personnel lacked skills and recommended investment in continuous staff training.

Victor Kyalo, Principal Secretary ICT and Innovation, said increased investment would enable county governments provide residents with the best and most cost-effective ICT-enabled services and resources.

“We have seen how transformative technology can be and it is this transformation that we are seeking for the counties through the ICT County Roadmaps. County Governments should allocate at least five per cent of the budget to ICT Projects as is the international benchmark,” said Mr Kyalo.

He said the money set aside by the counties for ICT projects will be complemented by funds from the national government, development partners and private institutions through Public Private Partnerships, direct investments and the Universal Service Access Fund.

There will also be money from the Equalization Fund for ICT projects in marginalised counties. The County Government ICT Roadmaps were developed jointly by the ICT Authority and the 47 county governments with financing from the World Bank.

The guidelines are expected to provide the counties with high quality and cost effective ICT-enabled services, foster innovation and provide a framework for sharing and optimising ICT infrastructure within as well as among counties.

Robert Mugo, acting CEO, ICT Authority, said the Roadmaps would enable counties to visualise their critical assets; the relationships between the assets and skills, technologies and the competencies required to meet market demands.

“We have worked with every county in developing a roadmap that is unique to them and capitalises on their strengths while adequately addressing their challenges. The plan for one county does not resemble that of another county,” Mr Mugo said.

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