The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) has today opened its first regional office in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.

The phased opening of regional offices is a strategic direction the Authority is taking to facilitate easier access to its services while at the same time meeting the Constitutional requirements of devolving national services. The Authority, in its 2013-18 Strategic Plan, has committed to opening four regional offices in Eldoret, Mombasa, Nyeri and Kisumu.

The event, which was presided over by Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson K. Arap Mandago and ICT Principal Secretary, Joseph Tiampati, brought together licensees and stakeholders from the region.

Governor Mandago lauded the Authority for reaching out to the counties saying it will offer opportunities for job creation as well as platforms for enhanced access to ICTs.

 “The regional office will attract investment opportunities in the ICT sector and support people who come up with innovative ways of doing business,” he said.

CA Director General Francis Wangusi said the bold step seeks to move services closer to the people as well as leverage on its presence in the counties to execute its regulatory mandate better.

The office, located on first floor, KVDA Plaza in Eldoret, will be headed by a regional manager and will offer a range of services including licensing, monitoring compliance and at the same time address any customer issues that may arise. The office will also be the liaison point with the county governments in the greater North Rift and Western counties including Uasin Gishu, Nandi, TransNzoia, Baringo, Turkana, Elgeyo Marakwet, West Pokot, Samburu, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia.