LEFT TO RIGHT: Ms. Emma Otieno, Eng. Vincent Adul (NCS) Director General Francis Wangusi, Mr. Mohamed Ba and  Ag. Director Mr. Christopher Wambua pose for a group photo after the workshop.

The Authority and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) this morning held a validation workshop to present to ICT stakeholders preliminary findings on Kenya’s National Digital Innovation ecosystem. The workshop comes after CA and the ITU conducted a comprehensive country review of the ICT Centric National Innovation Ecosystem in December 2016.

The study looked at Kenya’s experiences, challenges, as well as relevant input towards strengthening ICT innovation ecosystem. Kenya has risen to be one of the early countries in sub-Sahara Africa to host facilities for digital innovations incubations such as iHub, iLab and Nailab, thus earning the country international acclamation for ground-breaking ICT related innovations.  

During the workshop, the ITU’s Head of Innovation Service, Mr. Mohammed BA, shared findings of the engagement with the stakeholders.

“Arising from stakeholders’ engagement, we have now developed a digital innovation framework for the country. This framework is aimed at strengthening the stakeholders’ roles, initiatives, and support for the ICT master plan. Our key focus was to address issues faced by innovators, within the scope of protection of intellectual property, access to resources, and nurturing an enabling environment” said Mr. Wangusi.

The workshop came against the backdrop of collaboration between the Authority and ITU that sought to review Kenya’s ICT innovation ecosystem with the aim   of creating an enabling framework for the advancement of digital innovation in a systematic fashion, within the context of the Kenya ICT Master Plan and the country’s digital economy goal.