On 27th October, ICT Authority and Huawei completed the latest online training for civil servants to bring them the latest knowledge on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) trends, e-government, smart city, Internet of Things (IoT) and cyber security. The training builds on the tremendous growth of ICT use during COVID-19 and will help fast-track digitization of government nationwide. Participants are joining from all over the country and include County Governments as well as Parastatals.
More than 400 civil servants registered for the first phase
of the training over 5 days that was jointly organized by the ICT Authority and
Huawei. Second and third phases of the training are already being planned to
reach thousands more civil servants nationwide. It is part of an ongoing effort
by the ICT Authority of capacity building for government employees as well as
to ensure the implementation of ICT standards and secure ICT infrastructure and
systems. This is in line with the ICT Authority’s mission to champion and
harness ICT for efficient and effective public service delivery, wealth
creation and well-being of Kenyans.
To this end, the content for this training has been
specifically chosen to address the current needs for civil servants, many of
whom have been working virtually since the COVID-19 pandemic struck the
country. They learn about effective and efficient online communication
including video conference-based meetings as well as information and cyber
security. This is in line with the government guidelines on cyber hygiene for
government staff working from home that were released in March.
The training explores the latest ICT trends, such as in the
use of big data and artificial intelligence (AI), and the latest in
e-government and smart city projects. This is particularly timely as the
national and county governments expand their digitization of public services
such as education and health, as well as management of systems such as revenue
systems and public utilities. It is also timely as the Konza City takes shape
with various smart city facilities planned for next year provided by Huawei.
Huawei experts have trained and certified lecturers from 30
Universities and training centers in Kenya through the ICT Academy programme
and it is these local lecturers who are provide the training, combining the
global expertise from Huawei courses alongside their local understanding of the
situation, context and needs. This is an excellent example of collaboration
between government, academia and private sector which is also a sustainable
mechanisms for building and transferring expertise within Kenya.
The civil servant training is one aspect of a multi-pronged
capacity building partnership between Huawei and the ICT Authority that also
includes training Kenyan youth through the Seeds for the Future program and the
professional training offered to interns enrolled in the Presidential Digital
Dr. Katherine Getao, CEO of the ICT Authority said that:
“ICT Authority appreciates our partners who support our ICT capacity building
mandate by offering appropriate and cost effective training programmes to our
stakeholders. A successful digital economy is founded on a culture of
Opening the training, Fiona Pan, Deputy CEO for Public Affairs of Huawei Kenya thanked the ICT Authority for their strong partnership and support, commending them for initiating this training: “As Kenya implements the Digital Economy Blueprint and the ICT Authority’s Strategic Plan, it is critical to upskill the organisation’s workforce; this will enable the country to take advantage of ICT to power economic growth and deliver public services efficiently and effectively across the country. Huawei is proud and delighted to be able to share our global expertise to contribute.”