Microsoft to offer ICT training to government officials

Thursday February 5 2015

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto with delegates attending the High Level seminar on National Security Strategy at the Kenya School of Government, Kabete. Microsoft and an American-based university have partnered to offer training programs to senior officials in government to be offered at the institution. PHOTO | FILE

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto with delegates attending the High Level seminar on National Security Strategy at the Kenya School of Government, Kabete. Microsoft and an American-based university have partnered to offer training programs to senior officials in government to be offered at the institution. PHOTO | FILE 

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Microsoft and an American-based university have partnered to offer training programs to senior officials in government.

The technology firm under its auxiliary, Microsoft 4Afrika, has collaborated with University of Albany’s Center for Technology in Government (CTG) to roll out the training that will be offered in Kenya School of Government.

The program dubbed “School of Government” targets Cabinet and Permanent Secretaries, Governors, Directors and Deputy-Directors of various government ministries and other policy makers.

Dr Theresa Pardo, CTG Director said that the program aimed at working with the government to implement the information and technology related policies.

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“The 4Afrika SOG provides a forum for government leaders of Africa to appreciate, contextualize, share, and strategize using the principles and best practices in ICT policy and practice,” she said.

The training program was launched in February 2013, seeks to help accelerate Africa’s economic development and to improve its global competitiveness through innovation, affordable access and skills.

Mr Lutz Ziob, Dean of the 4Afrika Academy said the training was targeted at those best placed to influence ICT policies.

“It brings the perfect combination of knowledge, expertise, and experience aimed at those responsible for defining and implementing national and regional policies regarding ICT,” he said.

Last year, Kenya School of Government partnered with the Microsoft’s 4Afrika to implement ICT technology and policy within the Kenyan public sector.

The inaugural training saw senior government leaders at the national and county levels go through effective policy making programs related to top ICT issues.