Kenya is set to expedite the issuance of digital identities as part of its efforts to enhance productivity and competitiveness in the ICT sector. The decision comes after the recent budget allocation of $109.6 million (KES 15.1 billion) for ICT initiatives in the 2023/2024 financial year.
Previously, the country had implemented the Huduma Namba system, which faced criticism and financial irregularities. President Ruto emphasized the need for a more efficient and cost-effective solution, stating,
We can have a Digital ID without spending 15 billion and without defrauding the people of Kenya.
William Ruto, President, Kenya
Kenya has been striving to position itself as an ICT innovation hub, implementing various measures to promote the growth of the digital economy. These measures include the national ICT policy, Kenya Start-Up Act, Data Protection Act, Digital Economy blueprint, and Computer Misuse and Cybercrimes legislation.