It was created in 2007 as a parastatal in the Ministry of Information and Communications. Its mandate is to market Kenya as an ICT destination, especially in business process outsourcing (BP0), advise the Government on development and promotion on ICT and provide Government and stakeholders with skills, capacity and funding for ICT projects.
The Board spearheads the development of technology parks and promotes competitiveness in the sector it develops and drives a national system of innovation, spearheads capital development for ICT entrepreneurs and business owners.
Its aim is to develop world class ICT institutions, position the Board as a global innovator, become the principal partner in the digitisation of Government and e-initiatives, accelerate the development of ICT skills in tertiary institutions and establish a central repository of ICT knowledge.
The board also aims to identify, develop and support ICT communities, boost grassroots awareness of ICT and develop a national framework for ICT skills development. The board has a calendar of industry events prepared in collaboration with ICT and business process outsourcing industry.
The objective is to host and attend global and regional events that help position Kenya as a major player in ICT. The board engages stakeholders on ICT matters at public panels. Stakeholders debate issues, make recommendations and outline strategies that inform the board’s programmes.
The ICT Board will develop BPO parks with ultra-modern infrastructure that meet the needs of demanding ICT companies. The Government has identified land in Malili-Machakos that is optimally located in relation to Internet backbone cables, highways, airport, electricity grid, water and sanitation.
It will also set up Pasha e-centers designed to provide services to the public, including, e-government and e-learning. The centers will be equipped with Internet, digital cameras, printers fax machines and other communication infrastructure.
The board shall market them and ensure that people living near them understand the opportunities they present. In this way, e-centers will become relevant and essential to their lives. This will result in wealth creation, employment and poverty reduction.
Strategies are being implemented to ensure increased ICT access in an equitable manner. Bandwidth subsidy will be disbursed to various sectors and institutions to bring the cost down like it has happened in many parts of the world. The subsidy is also aimed at spurring growth in ICT business, consumption and quality. The institutions will be the first to benefit:
- Universities, under the Kenya Education Network (KENET), have received subsidised and sufficient bandwidth to boost learning and research.
- E-government supports pension administration, Driving license registration, wealth declaration forms and the High Court registry.
- BPO and call centers will receive bandwidth subsidy to compete with their counterparts in the more established outsourcing countries.
- Eligibility is open to all operators who offer services to local or overseas customers.