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Regional SIM card registration plans underway

29 January 2014, 12:37 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT), Fred Matiang'i has said that regional Sim card registration negotiations are in progress to curb both insecurity and cyber crime.

Matiang'i said that though regional governments are encouraging their citizens to embrace ICT services, there should be joint legal guidelines to limit chances of insecurity to users.

"The ICT sector being an integral bedrock in governments' socioeconomic and political development, we are coordinating regional SIM registration to assist in curbing user related crimes and insecurity," said Matiang'i.

Matiang'i said being accountable in using ICT services not only fosters cyber-security and social cohesion but also enhances e-commerce growth.

He said the attainment of regional SIM registration will facilitate user identity in this era of free movement of people within the region.

The Cabinet Secretary said the government is committed to transform the country's economic market growth to attain a GDP of 25% by 2017 from the ICT sector.

He said his Ministry will ensure that there is sufficient provision of broadband for easier internet access in all the 47 counties.

Moreover, Matiang'i assured that his Ministry will ensure that all government websites are secured from any emerging security threats such as hacking.

He also urged the judicial sector to assist in fighting cyber-related crimes by taking legal action against those found guilty of the illegal practices.

"Our Judicial system should assist in providing a technological judicial environment required to deal with cyber crime other than laws alone," said Matiang'i.

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