[Need for Full time Secretariat] CALLS FOR PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE BUDGET POLICY STATEMENT 2019

Thanks Deborah for highlighting this. It is becoming apparent that KICTANET needs a full time Secretariat (admin & coordination unit) and such should have guaranteed but independent funding.
Other things to ponder:1. Does KICTANET hold elections? 2. Does if have a full time management team?3. Does it have a budget? 4. What are the sources of financing this year? 5. Are there potential conflicts of interest from financiers/sponsors/donors) in terms of agenda setting?6. How does KICTANET prevent big money from controlling it’s agenda in favor of big corp and foreign tech at the expense of the local ecosystem? 
I think being left out in the budget policy participation is a serious wake up call for all stakeholders.
Good day.Patrick.
On Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 6:06:14 AM GMT+3, Deborah Wanjugu via kictanet <kictanet@lists.kictanet.or.ke> wrote:

Dear Listers,
I came to learn the Treasury has issued a call for public comments on the Budget Policy Statement 2019.
I never saw any particular firm plans the Government has for ICT so I thought it best to bring this to your attention, albeit a little later than I should have. I could be wrong, though. Maybe I had high expectations owing to the exposure I get from you all.
What I love about this group is there are so many diverse opinions on various issues. I think it would be great to let the Government hear all these well – considered opinions on its ICT plans.
The deadline for institutions to put in their comments was on Friday, which means Kictanet might not be able to, but as individuals you would be able to participate. 
The deadline for submitting our comments is 31st January 2019, i.e. this Thursday. 
I created a public Google folder for this purpose. You can access it here:
drive.google.com/open?id=1LsgzmXlEgPagqUDN-qQqlQEeEzK9pYqM

You are free to share this widely.
Kind regards,
Deborah _______________________________________________
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