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It’s touch and go for the roll out of National Data Centre

PHOTO CAPTION: Principal Secretary, Ministry of Information Communication and Technology, Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr. Jerome Ochieng (Second right) being taken through aspects of the Data Centre by Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (Centre). Looking on is KoTDA Board Chairman, Dr. Reuben Mutiso (on the right).

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By Seth Emanuel

Plans are at an advanced stage to roll out services of the National Data Centre, located at Konza Technopolis following the completion of Phase One (1) of the project, Principal Secretary (PS) Ministry of Information Communication and Technology (ICT), Innovation and Youth Affairs, Mr. Jerome Ochieng has said.

It is expected that Government ministries and other agencies will be the early movers to migrate their data to the centre whose services will also be available for private entities as part of the commercialization plan. The Data Centre has so far attracted interest from both public and private entities.

The PS made the revelation during a site visit to the Konza Technopolis. He was accompanied by Kilome Member of Parliament, Mr. Nzambia Thaddeus, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA) Board Chairman, Dr. Reuben Mutiso and KoTDA Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Eng. John Tanui.

The Centre will support the Government’s immediate requirements and business enterprises while providing an environment for implementing and piloting initial smart city services for Konza Technopolis.

Among the beneficiaries of the Data Centre is the Covid-19 Contact Centre located at Nurses Complex, Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) which was recently launched to offer front line workers psycho-social support as one of the ways of helping them cope with the psychological challenges and mental wellbeing. Additionally, innovators that will be incubated by KoTDA will be provided with hosting services.

The Data Centre project which started in June 2019 is being implemented by the Government through the Ministry of ICT, Innovation & Youth, with KoTDA as the project implementing Agency. Phase Two (II) of the project will incorporate smart city facilities and services.

Upon completion, Konza will be a world-class city driven by a thriving ICT sector, superior reliable infrastructure and business friendly governance systems.

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