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Kenya, South Korea sign deal on internet security

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Kenya and South Korea have signed an agreement to boost internet and data security in the country.

Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on Wednesday inked a memorandum of understanding with South Korea’s ICT and Future Planning Minister Choi Yanghee to establish links between government departments, research stations, organisations, businesses and training centres involved in information technology.

“The purpose of the MoU is to enhance cooperation between the two countries in the field of ICT. For the mutual benefit, the two countries have identified areas of cooperation in policy, institutions, technology development and service,” a statement from Mr Mucheru’s Office said after the signing of the MoU in Seoul, South Korea.

The arrangement means that Kenya will benefit from South Korea’s advanced internet security, which could aid organisations like the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC).

In an earlier interview with the Nation, South Korean Ambassador to Kenya Young Dae Kwon said the National Treasury had requested for official development assistance from South Korea to aid electoral programmes in Kenya. At the time though, Mr Young said his government was still considering areas to help.

The new MoU lists big data, cloud computing, training of personnel involved in ICT, cyber security and high speed internet broadband as areas which South Korea could support Kenya.

It is an addition to a set of agreements reached between Kenya and South Korea earlier in May when President Park Geun-hye toured Nairobi.

At the time, Kenya signed a deal with South Korea to establish a specialised science and technology centre modeled on Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), a public research university in South Korea.

The institute, to be set up at the proposed Konza Techno-city, will be financed by the Korean Exim Bank to the tune of Sh10 billion.

Set up in 1971 with the support of the US, the Korean Institute emerged as one of the main pillars behind the country’s rise from poverty. It is currently ranked among the best innovative institutes of higher learning globally.

Mr Mucheru said such cooperation will help Kenya’s achievement of Vision 2030, an economic blueprint but whose success will rely on research, industrialisation and innovations.

Source : nation.co.ke

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