Computer News - In Brief


- In Kenya Treasury has allocated Sh7 billion to Information and Communications Technology, although future votes will be slowed down as the government re-channels the funds to more pressing areas. According to estimates for 2011/12 fiscal year released by Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta, Treasury has given the ministry Sh1.94 billion as recurrent and Sh5.36 billion for development. This is an increase of Sh1.53 billion from Sh5.77 billion approved by Parliament in the 2010/11 fiscal year.

- The UK Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (OCSIA), the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) have joined the Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation (CTO) to organise the 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Forum 2011. Aimed at strengthening the capacity of key decision makers in policy, regulation and operations in ICTs, the event will examine the various facets of Cybersecurity such as critical information infrastructure protection, protecting government networks, security in mobile channels and promoting international cooperation in cybersecurity through eight highly interactive sessions. The event will be held on the 14th and 15th of June 2011 at the BIS Conference Center in London.

- Ghana’s Government has initiated the establishment of an innovation centre that would promote export-oriented Information and Communication Technology (ICT) products and services industry, as well as generate employment. The ICT Park to be built in Tema is one of several initiatives being implemented by government under an enabling environment for the take-off of a knowledge-based economy. The project is collaboration between the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), and Ministries of Trade and Industry and Communication.