CIPE Forum Fosters Partnerships Among Business, Government, and Civil Society for Kenya’s Digital Development

10.08.2018 | Statement/News Release

NAIROBI, KENYA — Seeking to promote dialogue on the governance of technology and digital space in Kenya, the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and KEPSA will host Kenya’s private sector, civil society, and government for a high-level roundtable on October 8 in Nairobi. Through the discussion, the three groups will collaborate to identify shared challenges and opportunities to improve governance around digital technologies and online spaces in Kenya.

The forum, titled “Building Partnerships for Kenya’s Digital Transformation,” will build on the Ouagadougou Declaration, which brought together three African heads of state in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso in January 2018. At the conference, CIPE, World Movement for Democracy, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Africa Business Center, and the Burkinabe government jointly launched the initiative to enhance collaboration among business, government, and civil society with the aim of promoting democratic governance throughout Africa.

The Nairobi forum will allow Kenyans to define concerns, identify common constraints, and develop solutions to expand opportunities to participate in the digital economy, articulate digital rights and principles, and discuss Kenya’s current approach to digital governance. As an emerging technology leader in Africa, Kenya is at the forefront of discussions on the governance of technology, but the regulations and norms around the governance of online spaces are still in their infancy. The event will be an opportunity for public-private dialogue on establishing technology and digital policies that support inclusive economic growth and development.

To facilitate dialogue on the digital economy around the globe, CIPE has released a new resource that paves the way for the private sector, government, and civil society to discuss the legal and regulatory environment that shapes our shared digital future. The “Digital Economy Enabling Environment Guide,” which was developed in partnership with New Markets Lab, explores four pressing issues: data protection, electronic transactions (e-payments and e-signatures), consumer protection, and cybersecurity. Download the guide here.

As one of the four core institutes of the National Endowment for Democracy, CIPE strengthens democracy around the globe through private enterprise and market-oriented reform. CIPE is an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.