Kenya unveils National Digital Innovation Framework
Kenya now has a National Digital Innovation Framework arising from an assessment carried out by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
“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,” says Communication Authority of Kenya Director General, Mr. Francis Wangusi.
Mr. Wangusi said ITU carried out a holistic assessment of the innovations ecosystem in Kenya, to inform framework.
See full speech of Mr. Francis Wangusi below.
REMARKS BY MR FRANCIS W. WANGUSI, MBS, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE COMMUNICATIONS AUTHORITY OF KENYA DURING THE FINAL NATIONAL DIGITAL INNOVATION FRAMEWORK WORKSHOP ON 24TH MARCH 2017 AT THE SAROVA STANLEY, NAIROBI
Industry stakeholders and partners,
Members of the fourth estate,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to join you this morning for the final national digital innovation framework workshop organized by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to discuss preliminary findings of the ICT Innovation Framework Study.
Ladies and Gentlemen, may I begin by lauding efforts being made by many stakeholders, including ICT incubators, academic institutions, government agencies and private organizations towards supporting our innovators. It is from such initiatives, that 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 us international acclamation for ground-breaking ICT related innovations.
I was indeed pleased to noted from ‘The Global Innovation Index 2016 Report’ that Kenya was recognized as an ‘Innovation achiever’ ahead of many of its other peers in the African continent, thereby ranking 3rd in Sub-saharan Africa only after South African, with Mauritius taking the lead.
Kenya’s global recognition in innovations notwithstanding, not to mention our individual effort towards the full realization of our national commitment to mainstream innovations for socio-economic development, we will all attest that most of our talented citizens are still struggling to unlock opportunities both at home and in the global arena.
It was for this reason, which resonates with the Authority’s mission ‘to facilitate the transformation of lives through ICTs’, that we partnered with International Telecommunication Union (ITU), to carry out a holistic assessment of the innovations ecosystem in Kenya.
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.
May I therefore take this opportunity, to express my gratitude for the tremendous support that you have extended to this process and our team from the ITU, since we called upon you last December.
Ladies and gentlemen, your commitment has gone a long way in confirming the quote I alluded to during the inaugural workshop that indeed ‘a journey of a thousands miles beginnings with the first step’. Without your inputs ladies and gentlemen, the innovation framework would not have come to be.
In the course of today’s workshop, our consultants will share findings of the engagement with the stakeholders then subsequently discuss the way forward. I therefore seek your active engagement at this concluding session in order for the country to realize a solid digital innovation framework, that I believe will not only foster the creation of employment opportunities of the 21st century, but will also boost our socio-economic development.
As I conclude, may I take this opportunity to sincerely thank ITU for their enthusiasm to work with Kenya. I am aware that they have assisted other jurisdictions, and Kenya is privilege to be among the selected few in Africa, to gain from this vast experience and expertise.
I will leave us with the words of the world’s renown innovator Henry Ford, that ‘”Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” This workshop may serve to sum up our initial coming together that has seen us realize a framework, but we must work together through the actual journey, that will see Kenya raise its innovations global index ranking bar.
With those remarks, it is now my distinguished honour and privilege to declare this workshop national digital innovation framework officially opened. I thank you.