Today we celebrate a new dawn for in the ICT sector as we launch the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), previously the Communications Commission of Kenya.

The colourful launch ceremony to unveil the new identity was officiated by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta. “In establishing an independent regulator, we gather to mark a new beginning for the Information and Communications Technology sector and indeed for the whole Nation”, said the President as he delivered the key note address.

The President lauded the Authority for overseeing the ICT revolution in the country that has seen ICTs become a key driver of the economy. He noted that the Government is continuously integrating ICTs in its operations as a way of taking services to the citizens. “The launch of the Communications Authority of Kenya is a logical step to ensure a measure of regulatory independence and transparency in the management of the ICT sector,” he said.

ICTs continue to make in road in many other sectors and positively contribute to the economy. The Authority’s Director General, Francis Wangusi highlighted that the sector has attracted Sh33 billion worth of investment and more than Sh133 billion in revenue annually.

The Government, through the Ministry of ICT, have several initiatives including connecting all counties with the fibre optic network that will continue to increase access to ICTs.

The event also saw the official unveiling of the Kenya Computer and Incident Response Centre (KE-CIRT) and the National Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). The two projects are expected to deal with cybercrime and enhance e-commerce in the country.

 At the same time, the Authority presented Sh4 billion dividend cheque to the National Treasury. The amount constitutes 90% remittance of the Authority’s net surplus for the year ended June 2013. The Authority presented a second cheque of USD 27million which was fees paid by Safaricom Ltd for renewal of its communications licence for another 10 years.