ICT Fraud (Kenya) vs Efficiency (Singapore)

Dear Listers,

Just FYI..

Fortunately decent public officials in Kenya are now fighting the culture
of insider trading which only promotes trickery/treachery (locking out
genuine local solution providers:)


In the other two he was asked to supply 797 laptops to the ICT ministry at
> Sh125.9 million and software at Sh28.7 million.

> On his affidavit, Mr Buro said one of the suspects introduced himself as
> the acting head of procurement at the ICT ministry. “I would even meet him
> at the ministry’s offices on either the 9th or 10th floor,” he said.

Now compare with Singapore (population, below 6 million) ..building up
local focus, ethics + economy




Singapore government to give out S$2.4 billion in ICT tenders this year

May 25th, 2017 | by Alfred Siew

The Singapore government will give out contracts worth S$2.4 billion in the
current financial year to boost efforts in smart nation and digitisation
efforts in the country.

The money will be spent on national projects that include a national
digital ID system, cashless payments with the monetary authorities and a
smart nation sensor network.

Unveiling this yesterday, the government technology agency called GovTech
said there would be a tender for data analytics and another for
communications infrastructure to link up data centres and IoT
(Internet-of-Things) sensors.

Robotics will be one area of focus. Temasek Polytechnic, for one, will be
looking for an industry partner to build an inventory robot to scan the
print collection and navigate in its library.

This will help the library carry out more and faster inventory stock-takes
to boost productivity and efficiency, as well as provide early detection of
missing or wrongly shelved books.

At the same time, the government is seeking to shore up defences against
cyber attacks. One area it is looking to spend on is the fight against
malware infiltrating its computer systems using advanced threat analytics
and automation.

This year’s government infocomm technology spending is projected to be
lower than last year’s, which stood at S$2.8 billion.

Speaking to attendees from the industry, GovTech chief executive Jacqueline
Poh said it was looking to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take on
some of the new jobs.

“Besides the established companies, we are glad that there is a growing
pool of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that have stepped up and
embraced new technologies,” she noted. “Last year, SMEs accounted for about
two-thirds of the total number of ICT contracts awarded.”

One local technology SME cited by GovTech is DC Frontiers. Since winning a
contract last year from the government, it now helps analyse networks of
connections between people and companies to give users insights into, among
other things, legal ownership, conflicts of interest and possible fraud.

Last year, it began working with procurement and internal audit teams in
the government to enhance and automate checks for conflict of interest.

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