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Kenya is poised to make history as the first African nation to synchronize its data protection infrastructure with the European Union, marking a significant stride in safeguarding digital assets. At the ninth Network of African Data Protection Authorities (NADPA-RAPDP) Annual General Meeting (AGM), European Deputy Ambassador Ondrej Simek commended Kenya’s proactive approach towards data security, emphasizing its pivotal role in fostering economic growth and upholding individual rights.

Acknowledging Kenya’s strides, John Tanui, the principal secretary of the State Department for ICT and Digital Economy, emphasized the nation’s commitment to aligning with EU data protection standards. With the enactment of a comprehensive data protection law in 2019, Kenya has positioned itself as a compliant partner, paving the way for seamless data exchange and bolstered investment in its burgeoning IT sector.

This partnership is not merely a legal formality but holds tangible benefits for trade and economic collaboration. Tanui highlighted the potential of streamlined data flows to catalyze new business models, research endeavors, and international trade initiatives, aligning with the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) inked in December.

Eliud Owalo, representing President William Ruto, underscored the significance of digital sovereignty and data governance in shaping Africa’s digital landscape. Stressing the need for strategic collaboration, Owalo encouraged stakeholders to explore avenues for sustainable growth and job creation, ensuring that partnerships contribute to Africa’s self-determined digital future.

In concurrence, Chief Justice Martha Koome advocated for cohesive data frameworks to enhance decision-making and mitigate risks associated with data collection. By fostering collaboration among public agencies, Kenya aims to improve data quality and accessibility, driving effective governance and policy formulation.

As Kenya takes pioneering steps towards data protection integration with the EU, the dialogue underscores the growing importance of robust data governance frameworks in fostering economic growth, protecting individual rights, and shaping a responsible digital future for Africa.

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By: Montel Kamau

Serrari Financial Analyst

8th May, 2024

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