ICT Authority Set To Host Connected Summit Themed ‘The Digital Economy’

The government of Kenya is set to host this year’s Connected Summit in Kwale County. The three-day convention now on its 14th year since 2009 will be held from the 2nd-5th April 2023. Connected Summit 2023 is themed The Digital Economy: Endless opportunities shaping the future will be spearheaded by the ICT Authority.

This year’s Summit seeks to; Review progress and achievements in the sector, Share knowledge, case studies, best practice, and lessons learned based on experiences by ICT practitioners, Develop and recommend policy, regulatory and operational interventions and Provide a platform for meaningful networking forged towards economic development.

The discussions to be held are intended to define how ICT will continue to enable Kenya, to realize the objectives of the Government’s Digital Transformation Agenda, in line with Vision 2030 and the Kenya National Digital Master Plan (2022-32). The current Government of Kenya’s ICT priorities are; the digitization of Government Services, the delivery of the Digital Super Highway, and the building of a digitally skilled workforce.

It is noteworthy that Connected Summit comes at a time when Kenya has positioned itself as an e-Commerce and digital services hub not only in the region but Africa. The Government of Kenya has continued to build on this to address the digital divide challenge through the provision of accessible and affordable broadband connectivity to all citizens so that they can participate in the digital economy.

Some of the outcomes of previous Connected Summits are; Huduma Secretariat, Huduma Centre Initiative, and the e-citizen platform that is being used to deliver e-government services, Presidential Digital Talent Programme (Digitalent) through which the government in collaboration with the private sector, is building the country’s digital skills and a digital workforce.

Connected Kenya Summit was first held in 2009. Since then, it has continued to bring together industry players from the Private, Public sectors, and Academia bringing ICT thought leaders and experts under one roof. The Summit offers a platform where the industry players, government, innovators and other stakeholders mingle freely, and share and exchanges ideas on how ICT can be leveraged to address challenges facing Kenyans both at the national and personal level.

This year’s forum will take place in Kwale County with over 1000 local and international delegates expected to attend. The three days will entail intensive engagements on the Government of Kenya’s Digital agenda, recently outlined by HE William Ruto. There will also be conversations around emerging technologies such as Blockchain, the Internet of Things, big data, and Artificial Intelligence, among others.

The ICT Authority is therefore encouraging all ICT sector players to be present at the summit and contribute to the sharing of knowledge and so arrive at solutions on how best we can complete Kenya’s journey to being a knowledge economy and regional ICT Hub.


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