Recent Publications

vat-report-blurb-01Book of Abstracts : Special edition for Nairobi Innovation Week – 2015
Tonny K. Omwansa, PhD, August 2015

Kenya’s drive to achieve the Vision 2030 goals and realize the constitutional mandate is redicated on effective institutions, driven by appropriate leveraging of Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I). Lessons from the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) and other rapidly developing countries tells us that achieving national and regional economic competitiveness as well as sustainable development is key to this effort. This requires growth of institutions dedicated to scientific research and technological innovation, which are the bedrock of a modern knowledge economy…

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vat-report-blurb-01Re-introduction of VAT on ICT Equipment in Kenya: Special Focus on Mobile Phones
Tonny K. Omwansa, PhD, March 2014

Mobile phones have the potential to transform peoples’ lives. Their penetration growth in Kenya has been very encouraging in recent years. Governments play a key role in supporting mobile communications and wireless data growth and developments through creation of a favorable environment for penetration growth and backing the emergence of a local content and service industry. Taxation policies implemented by governments significantly impact speed of adoption and usage of the telecommunication services, particularly at lower income segments of the society. While seeking to raise revenue for government programs, revenue authorities have to consider the implications of tax structures from the viewpoint of broader national development, beyond the short term tax collection…

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Cloud Computing in Kenya: A 2013 Baseline Survey
By: Dr. Tonny K. Omwansa, Prof. Timothy M. Waema, Mr. Brian Omwenga

The increase in connectivity coupled by a growing size, variety and interrelations of data led to the introduction of larger infrastructures with capacity for dynamic load and access balancing. Amazon published internal data sources allowing customers to access and use them and the term ‘cloud’ was introduced to refer to the elasticity of infrastructure. The term ‘cloud’ however dates back to the 90s to refer to dynamic traffic switching to balance utilization within the telecoms infrastructure. Cloud computing concepts originate from other computing paradigms like utilitycomputing, virtualization, parallel computing,  grid computing and even service oriented architecture some of which date back to early 1960s.

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ict-masterplanKenya ICT Masterplan 2014
Task-force team led by Prof. Waema

The Master Plan, which is aligned to Vision 2030, the Jubilee Manifesto and other policy documents will, among other things, help to create an enabling policy, legal and regulatory environment; provide e-government services that are simple to use and convenient for citizens and businesses; increase the productivity, efficiency and effectiveness of critical economic sectors; stimulate the setup and growth of ICT-related businesses to enhance employment creation; enable and scale up ICT innovation; and develop a dynamic and robust ICT sector that will enhance socio-economic growth.

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