Kenya, through the Communications Authority of Kenya, is this week hosting this year’s Commonwealth Telecommunications Organization (CTO) Forum in Nairobi.

The Forum is a premier ICT conference for the Commonwealth countries and focuses on examining the most topical and emerging issues with regards to policy, regulation, technologies, operations, investment and multilateral cooperation. The main topics of discussion during the 2015 forum include cyber security, broadband access, international connectivity and financing connectivity and cooperation amongst Commonwealth countries.

The guest of honour, ICT Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matinag’i noted that broadband is one of the most promising frontiers in the ICT sector as it offers prospects of new services that have the capability of transforming lives, “As an ICT fraternity gathered at this 2015 CTO Forum, I believe we have the responsibility to explore how the Commonwealth region can effectively use broadband as a powerful force for change.”

Still on the matter of broadband access, the CA Director General noted that with increased access to high speed Internet, cybercrime too is on the rise and NATO considers this to be the fifth dimension of warfare after space, sea, land and air. “To combat this threat, Kenya has furthered its efforts towards building her own networks of dealing with Cybercrime,” said Mr. Wangusi. He notes that cybercrime challenges can only be tackled though partnerships and collaboration with like-minded partners and to this end, Kenya recently joined the Forum for Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), an international confederation of trusted CIRTs who cooperatively handle computer security incidents and promote incident prevention programs.

 

Also speaking at the opening of the Forum, Mr. Paul Njaga, Chase Bank CEO noted the positive change that ICTs have delivered to the banking fraternity and to customers. “Through technology we have been able to simplify processes, simplify service, simplify access and simplify the lives of our usually very busy clients.”

Other speakers at the high level opening included Mr. Malcom Johnson, Deputy Secretary General of the International Telecommunications Union; Prof. Umar Garba, CEO of the Nigerian Communications Commission and also the Chairman of the CTO Board and Ms. Theresa Swinehart, ICANN President’s Senior Advisor on Global Strategy. The opening ceremony also saw the swearing in of CTO Secretary General elect, Mr. Shola Taylor who takes over from Prof. Tim Unwin.

Held under the theme of  “Towards a connected Commonwealth,” the Forum has brought together over 350 delegates from 23 Commonwealth member countries.