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September 23, 2011
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USTDA SUPPORTS KENYA'S EFFORTS TO SECURE ITS GROWING TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE

NAIROBI, KENYA – Today USTDA awarded a $580,000 grant to Kenya's Ministry of Information and Communications to develop a National Cybersecurity Master Plan. Successful implementation of the cybersecurity plan will improve the safety and security of the Kenyan public's data, and will provide many opportunities for U.S. information and communications technology firms.

Kenya has successfully developed significant telecommunications infrastructure in recent years, and internet use is rising rapidly. However, this improved infrastructure increases Kenya's vulnerability to cyber attacks. The USTDA-funded National Cybersecurity Master Plan will provide a framework for the Government of Kenya to defend and secure its digital infrastructure, as well as recommend minimum cybersecurity standards for the country's private networks. USTDA's assistance will benefit U.S. companies by evaluating technologies while considering concepts such as interoperability, reliability, and life-cycle costing, especially competitive areas for U.S. firms.

The Cybersecurity Master Plan also furthers USTDA's East Africa Broadband Connectivity Initiative (EABCI), a series of projects to advance investments in ICT infrastructure, applications and integration in East Africa. In addition to today's grant, through the EABCI USTDA has supported feasibility studies, a reverse trade mission, and a workshop in the region.

"USTDA is committed to supporting U.S. firms in developing East Africa's telecommunications infrastructure," stated USTDA's Director Leocadia I. Zak.

The opportunity to conduct the USTDA-funded technical assistance will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FBO) website. A link to the FBO announcement will be posted to USTDA's website at www.ustda.gov. Interested U.S. firms should submit proposals according to the instructions in the FBO announcement. The Ministry of Information and Communications will select the U.S. contractor that will complete the technical assistance.

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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.

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