Communications Authority of Kenya plans to launch National Addressing System in July

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The Communications Authority of Kenya has been looking at creating a National Addressing System. The National Addressing System (NAS)  framework will allow for the for naming or numbering of streets, properties, buildings and parcels of land to facilitate the identification and location of a parcel or dwelling on the ground. It will  also include digitized maps.  CA has developed a consultation paper on the NAS framework and is now seeking comments on the same on or not later than 19th May 2016 via email.

This is the second attempt at getting the NAS right. Previous efforts begun in 2010 with the establishment of an inter-ministerial task force with stakeholders such as Ministry of Land, Survey of Kenya, Nairobi City County and  CA involved. The task force was able to pilot the project in Nairobi but not much progress has been seen since. Lack of funds as well as lack of coordination of activities from a central agency.  The new efforts will use a Public-Private Sector Partnership approach with clear distinction of roles.

Some of the features proposed features of the addressing system include clear naming and addressing of roads to minimize duplication while porting the data to a certified addressing systems and database management software.  The CA will also regulate the system while at the same time ensuring the system remains self-sustaining by charging property numbering and addressing fees. Components will include definition of Physical Addressing, road Naming Methodology, process and standards as well as Geo-referenced Postcode design for mail delivery unique to Kenya using GIS.

CA has also unveiled an action and implementation plan with the launch date slated for July 2016. Based on the plan, the CA is ahead of time with the consultations, earmarked to begin in May followed by board approval upon which a Project Implementation Committee  will be created.

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