Stakeholders meet to discuss an all-inclusive information society in Kenya
NAIROBI, KENYA, 31 January 2004
Kenya needs a workable and all-inclusive APC">ICT policyand this is only possible through a partnership approach. This was the conclusion of a stakeholder’s forum held in Nairobi in November 2003 that brought together members of the "state" in this glossary). As a general rule, "government" should not be capitalised.
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Dr Kulubi from the National Communications Secretary (NCS), informed participants that the ICT policy in Kenya was almost complete. The development of a comprehensive national ICT policy was crucial as the telecommunication industry with a high turn-over of up to sh.50 Collins English dictionary ">billion(over 650 million USD) per year was a very important sector, he added. He further informed participants that plans were underway to connect all post offices in the country to the Source: TechSoup Glossary and GenderIT.org">internet to enable them be more actively information age.
Jan Mutai, who was then Secretary General of the African Telecommunications Union (ATU) but has now retired, told participants that a national policy should be well marketed and articulated and in this regards, he said the Kenyan government should seek to integrate the views of the wider national community.
Briefing participants on Uganda’s experience, Hon. Mugambe J.K, Member of Parliament in Uganda informed participants that Uganda has had an ICT policy since 2002. He urged the civil society and the public to know how to work together with the parliament.
The forum also stressed on the need to cooperate as a region and suggested the formation of an East Africa caucus as one of the ways to achieve this.
During the forum, the civil society organizations ("What is civil society?", initial working definition adopted by the Centre for Civil Society at the London School of Economics">CSOs) presented a declaration and recommendations towards an all-inclusive ICT policy in Kenya. This had been prepared and drafted during a training workshop organized for civil society organizations in Kenya. The training was based on the ICT policy and CSOs training curriculum developed by the Association for Progressive Communication (APC) in partnership with Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization (CTO).
In the declaration, CSOs recognized that ICTs have an important role in the alleviation of poverty and creation of employment and wealth and that civil society plays an important role in the development and formulation of national ICT policies.
The declaration came up with recommendations on capacity building, affordability, Style information: N/a
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The two events were organized the Kenya CSOs WSIS caucus whose secretariat is APC member in Kenya, the Arid Lands Information Network-Eastern Africa, with support from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). They attracted over fifty participants from different civil society organizations and private and public sectors in the East African Sub region. The purpose of the stakeholders forum was to create awareness and share experience on the national ICT policy development processes and lessons learnt and to facilitate partnerships and collaboration between the CSOs, the government and the private sector in the national ICT policy development process.
The Kenya Civil Society WSIS Caucus is a consortium of CSOs in Kenya working towards the realization of an all inclusive information society in Kenya. It was founded during the ICT Policy and Civil Society in Africa workshop organized by the APC in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, November 2002.