The International Data Corporation (IDC) which has conducted the Julisha survey to establish the role of ICT in enabling social and economic development tells us that though the Kenyan ICT sector continues to improve, high cost of internet-enabled devices and costly internet rates remain an obstacle to majority of the people.
The study has revealed that, on the whole, the Kenyan ICT market continues to thrive. From 2013 onwards, the most notable issues will include the new government structure as country governments will alienate themselves from the national government to become more autonomous leading to more investment opportunities. The study also shows that the number of internet users in the country has gone up by 70.4 per cent from 10 million in 2010 to 17 million in 2011.
But, doing business with the government has yet to pick up due to complicated and prolonged procurement procedures, as per the IDC.
The study has shown that the prolonged procurement cycles and cyclic spending with the government is quite frustrating and these problems have to be resolved in order to deliver value on both the demand and supply areas.
But speaking after the launch, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information and Communication, Bitange Ndemo said that the main areas of improvement will revolve around procurement.
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