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Kenya
Statement by H.E. Mr. Samuel Lesuron Poghisio, Minister of Information and Communication 


Mr. Chairman
Hon Minister of public Works transport and Communications
Dr. Hamadoun Toure, ITU Secretary General
My Colleagues Ministers
Distinguished Delegates
Ladies and Gentlemen
All Protocols Observed
 
First I take this opportunity to thank the Portuguese Government for hosting this 4th World Telecommunication Policy Forum in Lisbon and for extending invitation to all of us. On behalf of my delegation, it is indeed a great pleasure to be here and to participate in this World Policy forum. I am gratified to note that the forum aims to discuss the challenges and opportunities arising from the rapid technological advancements especially convergence. This is indeed most befitting considering the role of ICT in the socio economic and political development of our country and as we strive to achieve our Vision 2030.
 
On behalf of my delegation, I feel honored to be part of this August Assembly which is reviewing the issues presented in the Secretary Generals report and examine the role  governments and policy makers need to play in order to address these critical issues. 
 
For this forum to address the issues adequately, there is need for ITU on behalf of its members to ensure the cooperation of all stakeholders both private and governments including the international community and address the following key issues.

  •  Ensure existence of effective legal and regulatory policies that addresses the issues of Next Generation Networks, Cyber security, digital divide, Digital Broadcasting Migration,
  •  Development of competition Laws and policies and management of the same,
  •  Development of relevant skills and competencies, among other issues.

Distinguished delegates Ladies and Gentlemen, Kenya supports current issues being discussed and recommendations contained in the Secretary Generals report tabled in this forum. We do recognize that there are a number of challenges that may not be resolved during our three days of deliberation but do hope that we shall start the building blocks that will see a long journey start today.
 
On our part in Kenya we have undertaken a number of initiatives such as:

  • E Governments programs
  •  National Optic Fiber Backbone Infrastructure project
  •  Submarine cables – TEAMS, SEACOM, and others expected to land in the port of Mombasa.
  •  Digital Villages

The above initiatives are aimed at ensuring that Kenya taps the benefits of emerging ICT technologies. Critical to this is the issue of accessibility and affordability across the entire spectrum of the population.
 
However, even as we position ourselves to take advantage of these new developments, we are also aware of the numerous potential challenges and sometimes threats that we may face in terms of exposure risks such those associated with data insecurity. These challenges we believe are not unique to our county but indeed affect all nations. Further these challenges equally affect governments, the private sector, international organizations and the general public and therefore the need for us all to take collective action.
 
As we embrace ICT to tackle unemployment, address poverty, ensure contribution to economic development and more so help our economies to resolve the current financial crisis, I have no doubt that we can achieve these if we work together. I therefore call upon all of us to engage constructively and come up with recommendations that will be sustainable in the future as we embrace the developments including; Next Generations Networks, Internet evolution, technological convergence, digital broadcasting  among others to inform our Global strategy in ICT development.
 
In view of the numerous challenges we are faced with, let ours be a Strategic Dialogue that will continue to inform and educate us all as we face the world in confidence with the hope to turn them into opportunities.
 
I thank you all.