Government targets to strengthen the ICT skills pool in the public sector

The government plans to review the information and communication skills of all civil servants to identify ICT gaps in the sector.

ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru says the move will help improve digital capacities as part of Kenya‘s digital transformation agenda.

ICT illiteracy in the public sector remains high, hampering the uptake of e-government services to the public.

“We look forward to training ICT experts and professionals not only in the public sector, but also in science and educational institutions,” said Mucheru

According to the World Bank, Kenya’s ICT sector has grown by an average of 10.8% annually since 2016.

The sector now accounts for around 8% of Kenya’s GDP.

According to Business Monitor International, Kenya’s information technology (IT) market has been valued at Kshs. 64 billion at the end of 2020, with computer hardware sales totaling Kshs. 37 billion while IT software sales were valued at Kshs. 18 billion and the balance on other services.

Launched in 2019, the Digital Economy Blueprint aims to deepen the use of ICT services in the public sector and increase investment in the industry.

The government says upskilling its workforce is part of the plan to ensure Kenya grows its digital economy.

During the graduation ceremony of 270 officials from the public sector, county governments and parastatal agencies, CS Mucheru said there is a need for technical training to improve IT knowledge among the public.

“Recognizing the role of technology in realizing Vision 2030, the government has pledged to strengthen technical skills by emphasizing technological learning at all levels,” he added.

However, Kenya’s burgeoning ICT sector still faces the daunting task of guarding against vices like cybersecurity and information security, which the government says it is addressing.

Kenya, through the ICT Authority in cooperation with Huawei Kenya, has been upskilling civil servants through technical and non-technical courses for over 1,500 civil servants since 2020.

Huawei covers 16 districts and 70 government agencies and public institutions across the country so that all Kenyans can participate and benefit from the digital economy.

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