Belgium has signed a contract with Kenya to finance the third phase of the country’s Last Mile County Connectivity Project (CCP) for $24 million.
The project which began in 2011 involves connecting County governments to National Government Ministries through the National Fibre Optic Infrastructure.
In phase one, 28 of Kenya’s 47 county headquarters were connected to the Ministries in Nairobi. It was completed in 2013.
All the 28 Counties are now fully functioning and connected to Government Common Core Network (GCCN) with all sites monitored and supported at the Network Operating Centre (NOC) at the National Treasury.
Phase two is still ongoing.
The objective of phase three is to increase the number of connected buildings in the country, connect other government buildings within wireless coverage area as well as add other connecting areas to the National Fibre Optic Infrastructure.
Witnessing the signing ceremony, President Uhuru Kenyatta lauded the project which he said would enhance government services, contribute to transparency in county governments and ensure accountability of government funds through the Integrated Financial Management Information System upon completion.
Kenyatta also highlighted the need for Belgium to deepen bilateral relations into multilateral considering the many sectors it supports in the country.
Belgium supports reforms in Kenya’s education sector, the modernization of the energy sector and the improvement of public healthcare.
The financial contract for the project was signed on Monday evening at State House, Nairobi by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Finance Henry Rotich and the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders.
Source: Footprint to Africa