The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has today opened its fourth regional office in Kisumu city.
The Nyanza Regional Office will be the focal point for the Authority’s operations in the region covering the greater Nyanza and South Rift counties. Speaking at the event, Kisumu Governor H.E Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o said the presence of the Authority in the region will inspire confidence among investors and in turn spur growth of ICTs in the region.
‘‘With this new office I can confidently say that half of our challenges have already been solved since now we know where to seek solutions and redress,’’ said the Governor.
Kisumu County is already making strides that will position ICTs as key enablers of socio-economic progress. Plans are in place to establish an ICT park.
‘‘The County intends to establish an ICT Park that has been identified as a key investment project to be undertaken under Public Private Partnership (PPP),’’ added the Governor.
The County is also pushing for a private sector driven e-learning system in selected schools to complement the national government policy of rolling out one-laptop per child. CA chairman Mr.Ngene Gituku said the expansion of the Authority’s reach would foster increased focus on ICTs in the region and boost Kenya’s quest as a digital economy.
‘‘As we open CA’s fourth regional office, we are also confirming our commitment to continually reinforce inclusion, outreach and full participation of all in Kenya in the digital economy,’’ sad Mr. Gituku.
The Authority is currently implementing a number of projects across the country to enhance access to communications service by all.
These projects, under the Universal Service Fund (USF) are specific interventions meant to address gaps in access to ICTs in various parts of the country. Currently, the Authority is connecting 896 secondary schools to high speed Internet. In Kisumu County, 21 secondary schools are beneficiaries of this project. CA is also deploying 2G voice services in 78 sub locations.
According to the CA Director General Mr. Francis Wangusi, with its footprints in the region, the CA will enhance its engagement with various stakeholders to fully harness the potential of ICTs.
‘‘I wish to reiterate the Authority’s commitment to ensuring access to quality ICT services by all and pledge our commitment to collaborate with our stakeholders in this region, to ensure that our citizens’ lives are transformed through ICTs,’’ said Mr.Wangusi.
The Nyanza Regional office, based on the 2nd Floor of the Lake Basin Mall along the KisumuKakamega road, will serve Kisumu, Siaya, Homabay, Kisii, Migori, Nyamira, Kericho and Bomet counties as well as Kilgoris sub-county in Narok. The Authority already has other regional offices in Mombasa, Eldoret and Nyeri.