Government regulations can positively and negatively impact innovation. In this 3-part series on technology regulation in Kenya, Botho examines how regulation can promote the use of technology by companies operating in the healthcare, education, and financial services industries. The cross-cutting importance of these industries in the general social and economic prosperity of the country informs Botho’s focus in this series. The healthcare sector has direct implications on the social and economic welfare of Kenya, through providing a high quality of life to its citizens as well as a robust labour force. The education sector is critical to equip people to respond to market needs, while financial services underpin all economic activity. In this paper, we analyse and evaluate sector-specific technology regulation in Kenya to identify new opportunities to make regulations fully responsive to rapid changes in technology as well as related economic, social, and technical conditions.
Botho’s analysis is situated within the broader frameworks of Kenya’s long-term strategic plans such as the Big 4 Initiative and Vision 2030, given their importance to national development. This analysis is intended to highlight how Kenyan policymakers may be able to improve the interface between regulation and innovation in order to accelerate the achievement of the country’s development goals.
Read the full introduction here, and follow Botho’s website and social media for instalments of the series in September and October 2019.