Courtesy: FSD Kenya

Government takes digital charm to Kenyan SMEs

The government plans to roll out campaigns to sensitize Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) on the need to digitize their operations in a bid to strengthen their market positions and enable the enterprises to conquer new markets, Principal Secretary for ICT Jerome Ochieng, has said.

Mr. Ochieng said the program includes urging the SMEs to set up user-friendly portals to improve the visibility of available funding programs and reach out to a broader range of prospective recipients to enable them to scale up their businesses.

“Our goal as a Ministry is to get our small and mid-size companies to actively engage in the digitization process so they can strengthen their market positions in the future and conquer new markets,” the PS observed.

The Principal Secretary said the enterprises will be provided with business support that will include analysis and consultancy and organizational development activities among others. He said that the government will make an effort to connect inclusive businesses to broadband to enable the enterprise to utilize ICT solutions and innovations.

Mr. Jerome noted that, over the past six years, the government has developed responsive policies and legislations, which have been passed by Parliament or are in the final stages. He said some of the policy and legislative frameworks include: a review of the National ICT Policy, Data Privacy, and Protection, Access to Information and computer and Cyber Security Act among others.

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He said the ICT sector has witnessed remarkable success in Kenya both socially and economically, noting that internet penetration in the country stands at 86% making Kenya among the top ranking in Africa.

The Principal Secretary added that the growth and success of mobile money in Kenya has been unprecedented. He said, the mobile money has uplifted thousands of Kenyans out of poverty and directly contributed to economic growth.

Credit: Ministry of ICT

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