Ministry of Information Communications and Technology 100 Days Achievement
In the Information, Communication and Technology sector a lot of gains have been made since my assumption to office. These achievements include the agreement between the Government and the Consumer Federation Society of Kenya (COFEK) on the analogue to digital TV broadcast migration dispute. It is notable that COFEK has since withdrawn the court case which prevented our earlier plan to migrate digital television broadcasting in December, 2012 and now the country is set for analogue TV switch off in October, 2013. I note that the issues earlier raised by COFEK have all been addressed including the level of the country’s preparedness, the pricing of set top boxes and the licensing of third digital signal distributor.
The Government has also moved with speed in implementing the Executive order no. 2 of 2013 on government reorganization. Towards this end a draft legal notice to form the National ICT Authority is in place awaiting stakeholders’ validation.
It is also encouraging to note that plans to establish a fully fledged Communications unit in every ministry are at an advanced stage. This unit will oversee the implementation of a common government communication strategy. The Government has also fasttracked the restructuring of Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. This will see KBC split in to three companies, Public Broadcaster, Infrastructure and Commercial Broadcasting.
The Government has also appointed a taskforce to review the National ICT Sector policy and laws in line with the requirements of the constitution. These reviews will undergo various stakeholders’ consultation before submission to parliament for consideration.
Cyber security remains one of our biggest challenges in the adoption and utilization of ICT as a catalyst of economic growth, I am happy to note that the ministry is spearheading the formation of a national cyber security unit in government to respond to all threats posed by cyber crime. In addition, the deployment of national address system in Nairobi by the Government in collaboration with other key stakeholders will go along way in eradicating cyber crime.
Jobs creation for our youths remains the top most priority of the Jubilee Government, as the ministry in charge of the establishment of Konza Techno City; I am glad to note that the procurement of the Master Delivery Partner 11 to oversee the construction of the city has been finalized. The Government has also held deliberations with County governments of Machakos, Makueni and Kajiado with a view of mobilizing funds for the development of the off site infrastructure. The Governors have also promised their support in the implementation of the approved Konza Techno City Zoning plan. Once the actual construction of this project starts, it is expected to generate 10,000 indirect and direct jobs per year for a period of 10 years.
Finally, the contract for the Expansion of the fiber optic cable and rolling out of WI-FI to major towns is ready for signing, the deployment of fibre optic and WI-FI connectivity will open up these towns for the digital economy take off.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF THE JUBILEE GOVERNMENT
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has prioritized programmes and projects that will ensure enhanced access and equity as well as quality and relevance of education from early childhood to university level. This is in line with the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Constitution of Kenya 2010. In addition, the Ministry is implementing programmes that will integrate science, technology and innovation in all economic production systems.
During the first 100 days of the Jubilee Government, the Ministry has achieved landmark milestones. One of the projects is the provision of computers to schools, whose objective is to integrate ICT into the learning process. In addition, the project will serve as an economic stimulus and an ICT socialization platform. The Ministry has finalized implementation plans and technical specifications to procure the first batch of computers for all 1.3 Million pupils joining Standard 1 in 2014 at an estimated cost of Ksh.14.7 Billion. The Ministry will shortly be calling for both Local and International Expressions of Interest for this purpose.
The Jubilee Government recognizes the important role played by middle level colleges in the provision of a competent workforce necessary for the socio-economic development of our country. In this regard, the Jubilee Government has discouraged the conversion of these colleges into universities and mainstreamed TVET institutions into the State Department for Science and Technology.
The Jubilee Government has also put in place mechanisms to ensure the quality of Tertiary and University Graduates. The establishment of the TVET Authority that will establish standards and assure quality in middle level education and training is at an advanced stage. The Commission for University Education has commenced its work to ensure that standards and quality are maintained in all public and private universities. The Government is in the process of building the necessary capacities for these two organs.
Other achievements by the Jubilee Government include:
- Establishment and appointment of the Selection Panel tasked to establish the National Education Board;
- Supply of sanitary pads to 568,945 girls in Public Primary and Special Secondary Schools to enhance retention of girls in school; and
- Disbursement of Kshs.20 Million to 38 schools for mitigation of disaster and other emergencies in schools.
Ministry of Health Progress Report within 100 days
Achievements that have been recorded within the first 100 days include:
1. Provision of Free maternity services:
The free maternity service begun on 1stJune, 2013. The following are the achievements so far;
- Overall, there is a marked increase in the number of mothers delivering under skilled care in hospitals. The numbers increased by 3,587 deliveries in month of June as compared to the month of May representing 7.9% increase.
- There are also reports of increased attendance of mothers to Antenatal care.
- Funds amounting to sh. 1 billion were disbursed during the month of June to all hospitals, health centres and dispensaries in all counties. This is expected to make these facilities more responsive to public demands.
2. Withdrawal of user fees in Health centres and dispensaries.
From 1st of June 2013, all Health Centres and Dispensaries ceased to charge Ksh.20 and Ksh.10 respectively as user fees. Services at these levels are now completely free of charge and the Government has made robust arrangements to ensure these free services are improved and sustained.
3. Electronic Medical Records system.
The ministry is making major strides in the realization of a digital world; the milestones include the setting up of a fully functional data centre at Afya house in Nairobi, implementation of the District Health Information System 2 software (the national reporting system), master facility list, health workforce system (HRIS) and various other m-health and e-health applications.
On 28th June 2013 the ministryproudly added Electronic Medical Records to this list of achievements, by officially commissioning the installation of Electronic Medical Records System (IQ Care) at Port Reitz District HospitalinMombasa County. At the same time the ministry launched the EMR system rollout in over 600 health facilities countrywide. We aspire in the next few years to fully computerize all health facilities in
Kenya. Due to the enormous resources required for computerization, the initial effort will targets HIV, MCH, and TB clinics.
4. Health commodity management system -KEMSA e-Mobile.
In the health commodities fronton 3rd of July 2013 KEMSA -Mobile was launched, it is a suite of applications that will revolutionize how KEMSA interacts with public health facilities. The application rides on the KEMSA Logistic Management Information System (LMIS) which is integrated in the ERP platform. This suite of applications will bring critical decision making data/information to the fingertips of those health facilities managers and stakeholders. The e-mobile platform will among other functions facilitate;
- Integrity Reporting, Drug availability query
- Ordering, reporting, query drawing rights
- Public and Community accountability
- Information for Partners
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
BRIEF MINISTERIAL REPORTS ON ACHIEVEMENTS IN THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF JUBILEE GOVERNMENT
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure has been able to realize the following important achievements in the 100 days.
FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES IN THE MANAGEMENT OF THE NORTHERN CORRIDOR
Over 85% of Kenya’s GDP is generated within 100 km of the Northern Corridor. Operational inefficiencies on the corridor hence slowed down Kenya’s growth rate to the extent of these inefficiencies. The first critical initiative was to address these inefficiencies by addressing the Cargo Dwell time at the Port, the transit time of this cargo to Malaba and all Non-Tariff Barriers within the Corridor. This was addressed through the following immediate measures.
- A target was set for transit time for trucks transporting cargo from to Mombasa to Malaba. Henceforth, it has been decreed that all trucks should complete the trip in 5 days. To achieve this target, decisions have been that;- a) All police roadblocks along have been removed subsequently easing the movement of cargo along the Northern Corridor. b) Once a truck has been weighed at Mariakani, the next weighing will be done at Malaba. Once again this will ensure trucks are not needlessly delayed in the various weighbridges along the corridor.
- All agencies operating within the Port have been directed to report to the Managing Director KPA on all operational matters. This has been necessitated by the persistent complaints by users of the port against the inefficiencies occasioned by the dispersion of operational mandates and authority. Cargo was subject to sometime conflicting demands from the various agencies.
- The Commissioner of Customs has been instructed to operate from Mombasa as opposed to the earlier situation where she was domiciled in Nairobi.
- Security has been heightened at the Port and this has already realized gains through the seizure of contraband goods and ivory.
The implication of these measures is to reduce the cost of doing business along the corridor with the expected payoffs in terms of increased economic growth. This is also expected to reduce prices for various commodities in the region.
IMPROVEMENT IN THE OPERATIONS AT JKIA
The Ministry has targeted the improvement of operations at the JKIA through;-
- Improvement of the Passenger experience
- Reduction of cargo dwell time at the Airport
- Heightening of security towards reducing the passage of illegal goods through the port.
The government has therefore directed that all government agencies working at the JKIA airport be answerable to the Managing Director in deployment of staff and systems of communication.