Day 1 of Talk to the Senate (2017-2022 Priorities)

Thank you Harry and Kevin for starting us off.

So far I gather:

– Huduma Centres in the counties
– IT centres of excellence in the counties
– Telecommunication infrastructure i.e. making provision for fibre optic
cables in county road infrastructure.

It may also be useful to note this early on, that the devolution
demographic is one that involves many players e.g. the county governments,
county assemblies, the Senate and the national government. Further that
each has its own role in achieving the aspirations of devolution. While
today the discussion is open to discussing all the ICT challenges in
general, we can start thinking of the role the Senate plays and how it can
use its role to influence the desired changes.

On Mon, Feb 5, 2018 at 8:38 AM, Kevin Kamonye <kevin.kamonye@gmail.com>
wrote:

> I would like to propose that all Counties include telecommunications
> infrastructure in their road plans.
>
> For instance, they should at least lay ample trunking for future leasing
> to any Telco that would wish to run fibre optic cables.
>
> This will help avoid the current situation whereby our well done roads and
> pavements are defaced repeatedly as these companies do their trenching and
> tunneling.
>
> Even further, the counties can run their own metro fibre networks and
> lease the unused cores to the ISPs. Further cooperation between the
> counties could also help in inter-linking these metro networks such that we
> will have all regions covered with protected rings.
>
> Sent on mobile.
>
> On 5 Feb 2018 08:16, “kanini mutemi via kictanet” <
> kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:
>
>> Good morning Listers,
>>
>>
>> Welcome to Day 1 of ‘Talk to the Senate’. This must have been what the
>> framers of the Constitution had in mind when they entrenched public
>> participation as a key constitutional principle- an opportunity for us to
>> make a case on what we think ought to be the Senate’s priority 2017-2022. I
>> therefore encourage that we all participate in this session and look
>> forward to an animated discussion.
>>
>>
>> As Grace had briefed us on Friday, we will have a three day discussion
>> focusing on the counties and opportunities for intervention by the Senate.
>>
>>
>> This being the first day, our goal is to bring out issues of concern in
>> the counties as far as ICT is concerned. Once we have these, we will
>> proceed to make proposals on how the Senate may be of help in resolving
>> these issues on Day 2. On Day 3, we will discuss how to foster engagements
>> between the ICT community and the legislature.
>>
>>
>> This is our guiding question for today–
>>
>>
>> *What do you consider to be the ICT *
>>
>> * (a) challenges; *
>>
>> * (b) risks; and *
>>
>> * (c) opportunities in the counties?*
>>
>>
>> As well, if there are ICT success stories coming out of the counties,
>> feel free to highlight them.
>>
>>
>> We are honoured to have Senator Abshiro Halake (Vice Chairperson, Senate
>> ICT Committee) on the list. Senator, karibu sana.
>>
>>
>> This discussion is now open!
>>
>>

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