Since Semptember 2013, the mobile handset market has experienced a 20 per cent drop in sales after the government re-introduced Value Added Tax on handsets and other electronic devices to curb purchase of cheaper counterfeit phones.
Now, the same government to be specific the Information Communication and Technology, is contemplating reduction of smartphones to accommodate a majority of Kenyans to facilitate uptake of public services that have taken a turn and now delivered online.
Job opportunities, county information and possible establishments, tenders, government plans are now online disseminated thanks to the digital error. This is however a challenge since only a small percent of the population in the country can access relevant information.
Cabinet secretary for ICT Fred Matiang’I has talks underway with Treasury counterpart Henry Rotich to have the gadgets reduced so as to increase reach. This may not seem very important as per now but is definitely food for thought considering all the digitalization in all sectors of the government. Today one can register a company online in just 24hrs without paper contact among many governmental applications that have gone online.
However, the drop in prices may not come too soon considering the government’s fiscal year begins tomorrow which means the earliest beneficiary of the talks comes in 2015 the next financial year.