SUNY/CID’s former East Africa Regional Representative sworn in as Kenyan ICT Cabinet Secretary
On May 15, 2013 Dr. Fred Matiangi was sworn in as the Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology after being approved by the Kenyan Parliament.
Dr. Fred Matiangi, SUNY/CID’s East Africa Regional Representative and former Chief of Party for SUNY/CID’s Parliamentary Strengthening Program in Kenya, has been nominated by President Uhuru Kenyatta to serve as Kenya’s next Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and Technology. His name will be forwarded to Parliament for approval.
In a nomination ceremony held Tuesday, April 23, Dr. Matiangi expressed his thanks to President Kenyatta and added “together we will ... move the country to the next stage in ICT development.” If approved, he will preside over Kenya’s growing ICT sector and Kenya’s ICT master plan, which projects that by 2017, the ICT Industry should be contributing an estimated USD 2 billion (25% of GDP), created 500 ICT companies and 50,000 jobs.
Dr. Matiangi joined SUNY/CID’s Parliamentary Strengthening Project in 2005 and is one of the world’s foremost experts on the Kenyan legislature. He has extensive experience in governance-related research, civil society advocacy, and donor-funded democracy and governance projects. Prior to joining the Kenya project, Dr. Matiangi held research and program implementation positions in various civil society organizations in Kenya and conducted research and training for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, the Parliament of Ethiopia and the East African Legislative Assembly. He has also consulted extensively with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the World Bank, the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Transparency International.
If approved, Dr. Matiangi will join two other SUNY/CID alumni serving in cabinet positions. In 2012, Dye Mawindo, former Chief of Party for SUNY/CID’s parliamentary strengthening project in Malawi, was named Director of Public Procurements for the government of Malawi. In Jordan, Former Deputy Chief of Party for SUNY/CID’s legislative strengthening program, Mohammed Al-Momani, was recently named Minister of State for Media Affairs and Communications and Minister of Political Development and Parliamentary Affairs.
Posted April 25, 2013
Updated July 15, 2013