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GIS to streamline economic projects in Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya: Ministry of Finance in Kenya has launched GIS to track implementation and progress of projects under the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP). It aims to make the projects more efficient, accountable and transparent to the public, which officials say is critical to accelerating economic growth and fostering public trust.

The system makes use of geo-data that maps out all the projects being carried out within a particular constituency. With the implementation of the new Constitution, the system will also incorporate projects at a county level. With the increased use of social media networks, the GIS will also be linked to social sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

Finance Minister Uhuru Kenyatta said the ministry is leveraging on technological advancement in improving its service delivery as well as giving citizens an opportunity to give feed back on the implementation of projects in their area.

“Information from across the 210 constituencies is expected to be captured and disseminated through an Internet application programme. This provides us with a two-pronged mechanism of communication and interface between ESP programme managers and the public, and a mechanism for transparency and accountability to track implementation,” Mr Kenyatta said during the launch.

The KSH 22 billion (KSH – Kenyan Currency) ESP initiated in the 2009/2010 financial budget to jump-start the economy following its slump, has been a success in putting the economy in a growth path.

Source: www.capitalfm.co.ke