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State plans to build data centre

By | March 8th 2010

By Patrick Githinji

The Government plans to establish a national data centre portal to ease the tedious processes of getting government service.

This move will increase efficiency in ministries and government departments and cut corruption.

Studies have established that inefficiencies in government departments and corruption are largely fuelled by the traditional methods of keeping information.

Through this initiative, the government will store individual information at a central storage referred to as the National Neutral Data Centre.

The information can only be accessed only on request by a certified organisation or individual.

The data centre is part of the public-private sector plan to build a robust and modern infrastructure to accommodate a centralised system that would enhance government functions and the private sector.

Under the system, banks, insurance firms and many other organisations can obtain information about a client or any party with ease in course of their interactions.

Last month, millions of Kenyans, thronged the registrar of persons’ offices to process birth certificates. This followed a directive that made the document a pre-requisite for enrolment in any school and registration for national examinations.

Information Technology experts say that with a proper registry in place, schools and any other institutions would access these documents from a central portal on their own and eliminate the need to present a physical verification document.

Muchemi Wambugu, the Technology Integration Consulting Director, Deloitte described the move as necessary in curbing public waste and corruption.

"This is the starting point for a government that seeks to efficiently provide services to her citizens without the need for physical presence," he said.

And to guarantee the safety and privacy of Kenyans, anybody seeking to access certain information will be required to register with specific government offices clearly stating their reason for seeking such information.


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