CS Ndung’u allocates Sh16.3bn to ICT initiatives

Last Mile County Connectivity Network received Sh2.8bn for maintenance

In Summary
  • The CS said investment in digital superhighway and creative economy continues to play a critical role in enabling the government achieve the objectives
  • Konza Data Centre and Smart City Facilities was allocated Sh5.2 billion
Students at the Bungoma North Technical and Vocational college at the newly launched ICT hub in Tongaren Constituency on January,19,2024.
Students at the Bungoma North Technical and Vocational college at the newly launched ICT hub in Tongaren Constituency on January,19,2024.
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The government has allocated Sh16.3 billion to fund initiatives in the Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) sector in the 2024/2025 Budget.

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Njuguna Ndung’u while reading the Budget in Parliament on Thursday said the allocation includes Sh1.1 billion for Government Shared Services; Sh704 million for Digital Superhighway; Sh2.3 billion for the Construction of Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology at Konza Technopolis.

He added that Sh2.8 billion will be for Kenya Digital Economy Acceleration Project; and Sh2.8 billion for maintenance and rehabilitation of Last Mile County Connectivity Network.

“In order to fast track the development of the Konza Technopolis City, I have proposed an allocation of Sh1.5 billion for the Horizontal Infrastructure Phase I; and Sh5.2 billion for Konza Data Centre and Smart City Facilities,” he said.

The CS said investment in digital superhighway and creative economy continues to play a critical role in enabling the government achieve the objectives of Bottom-up Economic Transformation Agenda through increased productivity and competitiveness.

He added that on the creative economy, promotion of music, theatre, graphic design, digital animation, fashion and craft, among others, continues to create job opportunities for the youth.

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