Vision2030 is officially summarized as a national long-term development blue-print to create a globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030, that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment; anchored on three key pillars; economic, social and political governance.
I believe that IT in its different forms has the best chances of delivering the grand vision with three items standing out for me in this regard.
First, the benefits that can be accrued from information technology are applicable to virtually all sectors of the economy, and it is the small percentile improvements in efficiency, transparency and service enablement that will gradually add up to the bold numbers quoted often at various fora. The key is to start on the transformation process with sector champions now.
Second , there has been a concerted effort by information technology center players to create a framework that will see the path from startup to high value enterprise well articulated. There have been several workshops with KITOS ( Kenya’s IT and Outsourcing Services) and KAM (Kenya Association of Manufacturers ) members with input and facilitation from KPMG and the Vision 2030 secretariat to define the ICT sector maturity roadmap aligned to procurement incentives and government interventions. Such initiatives expose more CXO level resources to the opportunities and possibilities that will drive the transformational process mentioned before.
Third and most important, is I believe that the sector is yet to be marred by the issues that cripple older sectors, that of cartels and gatekeepers. Various other sectors of our economy have had growth slowed down or stopped entirely due to networks that benefited from chaos and lack of information. With a crop of emerging leaders in the technology arena with a good head on their shoulders and the inherent nature of technology overcome human induced challenges, this should not present too much of a problem, at least not yet. That the two principals’ also had ICT as a pillar in their manifesto, also puts all matters pertain to it under the spotlight and no one would like to be seen at a bottleneck to its realization.
Truly an enabler, information technology can deliver the gains that we seek faster than we have anticipated or planned; the people are in place, the policies are shaping up and the goodwill is available.