New ICT plan to target local communities

KIGALI - The National ICT Plan (NICI 3), to run from 2011-2015, will focus more on using Information Communication Technology (ICT) for community service delivery, David Kanamugire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry in the Office of the President in charge of ICT, has disclosed.The plan will mainly put emphasis on facilitating the shift from an agricultural based economy to a knowledge based one.
The PS in the Ministry un charge of ICT, David Kanamugire (L) and his counterpart in the Ministery of Education, Sharon Haba, during the one day conference.
The PS in the Ministry un charge of ICT, David Kanamugire (L) and his counterpart in the Ministery of Education, Sharon Haba, during the one day conference.

KIGALI - The National ICT Plan (NICI 3), to run from 2011-2015, will focus more on using Information Communication Technology (ICT) for community service delivery, David Kanamugire, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry in the Office of the President in charge of ICT, has disclosed.

The plan will mainly put emphasis on facilitating the shift from an agricultural based economy to a knowledge based one.

Speaking during a stakeholders’ meeting yesterday, Kanamugire said that ‘NICI 3’ would accelerate service delivery and advance the country’s development.
“Our aim is to empower and transform communities through improved access to information and services using ICT,” he added.

He stated that after consolidating the enabling environment during the previous NICI plans, the aim is now to maximise returns on important government investments with focus on the delivery of efficient ICT supported services.

The NICI 3 builds on the work and lessons learned from the previous NICI 1 (formulating policies) and NICI 2 (Setting up the infrastructure)

The ICT plan cuts across five clusters identified to fuel continued growth; skills development, private sector development, community development, e-Government and cyber security.

The forum that brought together national ICT stakeholders was aimed at presenting and validating NICI 3 cluster projects following a wide range of consultations between stakeholders of all the five clusters.

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