ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo yesterday announced the appointment of Dennis Itumbi to the Working Group on Policy and Legislative Reforms in the sector. The announcement, made through a gazette notice dated September 19, 2023, has sent ripples of anticipation through the industry.
The newly formed Sectoral Working Group comprises esteemed individuals, including former Nation Media Group Editor-in-Chief Thomas Mshindi and KTN News Swahili anchor Zubeidah Koome.
It is set to play a pivotal role in reshaping the future of Kenya’s digital landscape.
In a statement, Cabinet Secretary Owalo underscored the importance of the Working Group’s mission.
He said, “Our objective is to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the effectiveness, appropriateness, and structural aspects of the ICT and digital economy sector. We aim to ensure that the sector is agile, innovative, and conducive to value creation.”
Dennis Itumbi, known for his expertise in communication and digital strategy, expressed his enthusiasm for the opportunity.
He stated, “I am honored to be part of this esteemed group tasked with shaping the future of our digital economy. We must ensure that our policies and regulations promote innovation, inclusivity, and growth.”
Zubeidah Koome, who will be contributing her expertise to the Broadcasting, Postal, and Courier sectors, also commented on her appointment.
She said, “The media landscape is evolving rapidly, and it is crucial that our policies keep pace. I look forward to working alongside my colleagues to help shape the future of broadcasting and communication in Kenya.”
Thomas Mshindi, a veteran in the media industry, added his thoughts on the Working Group’s mission saying, “The digital era has transformed the way we access and consume information. It is our duty to ensure that our regulatory frameworks are modern and supportive of a dynamic media environment.”
The Sectoral Working Group will undertake a thorough review of existing policies, legislative structures, institutional setups, and administrative protocols governing the ICT and digital economy sector in Kenya.
Their mandate is to formulate recommendations for reforms where necessary, ultimately creating a more conducive environment for growth and development.
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The group’s structure will be organized around the State Departments of ICT and the Digital Economy, as well as Broadcasting and Telecommunications, under well-defined thematic areas.
With the inclusion of diverse talents like Dennis Itumbi, Zubeidah Koome, and Thomas Mshindi, it is expected that innovative solutions will emerge to drive Kenya’s digital sector forward.