Kenyan Cabinet Minister Visits Center for International Development
On Monday, November 17th, the SUNY Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) welcomed Dr. Fred Matiang’i, Cabinet Secretary for the Kenyan Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology. Dr. Matiang’i was joined by Mr. Victor Kyalo, Chief Executive Officer of the ICT Authority and Dr. Jane Munga, Research and Policy Advisor for the ICT Ministry.
During his visit to Albany, Dr. Fred Matiang’i delivered a talk on how innovative information and communications technologies are changing the face of public service delivery in emerging economies all over Africa. With ICT innovation and mobile phone technology making strides on the continent and with Nairobi fast becoming a technology hub, Dr. Matiang’i addressed ways in which governments can do even more to support technology innovators in designing applications to respond to a variety of citizen needs. In Kenya and elsewhere in Africa this can be done through public, private and non-governmental stakeholder collaboration—in both the planning and implementation of critical initiatives.
Dr. Matiang’i has long been an integral part of the SUNY community. Immediately prior to his appointment as Cabinet Secretary for ICT, he served as SUNY/CID’s Regional Representative in East Africa, a post which he held following his highly successful leadership of SUNY/CID’s long-running Kenya Parliamentary Strengthening Program. His ability to engage stakeholders at all levels of government and society, build policy communities and leverage resources to strengthen institutional capacity and ultimately foster effective policy dialogues defined SUNY’s success in Kenya.
Albany was the last stop on a 10-day trip in which the Kenya delegation met with representatives of various public and private institutions and development partners with the overall goal of encouraging investment in Kenya and the Kenyan ICT sector. Dr. Matiang’i considers SUNY/CID to be a key capacity development partner for the Ministry of ICT. “We are taking our collaboration with SUNY/CID to the executive branch” he remarked during his talk. CID is proud to support Dr. Matiang’i’s work and we look forward to an ongoing productive collaboration.
To advance the dialogue and facilitate concrete actions plans, SUNY/CID organized a series of meetings with other University at Albany centers and departments, including the School of Business, the Center for Technology in Government, the Professional Development Program and the Center for Global Health, that can partner with CID to help realize Dr. Matiang’i’s vision of a vigorous ICT sector contributing to Kenya’s economic and human development. Dr. Matiang’i expressed his eagerness to partner with SUNY/CID in order to access the University’s broad range of relevant technical expertise and commented, “…it is obvious that SUNY is a critical player in the technology world” and “working with SUNY means building on a proven track record of excellence.”
In the coming months SUNY/CID will work in collaboration the Ministry of ICT and with University experts to move forward the important progress made during Dr. Matiang’i’s visit to Albany.
Posted December 1, 2014