PSMA, Devolution, ICT and e-Governance

Ministry of Information, e-Governance and Citizen Participation

 

Vision:

To make Lamu a world class of excellence in ICT and Disaster mitigation.

Mission:

To develop Lamu as a globally competitive and prosperous county by creating an enabling environment that encourages and enhances the development, expansion and use of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs).

BACKGROUND:

The county’s ICT infrastructure is under developed. Mobile phone network and connectivity has covered 60% of the county with 51% of the residents owning/using mobile phones. Internet penetration is at dismal 15% of the entire county. The percentage of the population using internet service is 2.9 % (CCK report). There are only six registered cyber cafes in the County, five are in Lamu and one in Mpeketoni. Television signals can only be received with the support of satellite linkages while Radio broadcasts penetration signals are also extremely poor. It is only a few radio stations that are accessible. Lamu County has no access to Fiber Optic the Digital divide is evident.

The General mandate of the Ministry.

  • To support and give technology advisory to the County Government and devolved department.
  • To make both the County government services easily accessed through verse technology devices of the user’s choice.
  • To provide a solid link of communication to the County using a good frame work of communication.

Areas of focus The County will use ICTs to improve services in ; Education, Health, Agriculture, Tourism and E-Government.