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MSEA PARTICIPATES IN THE DATA PRIVACY AND PROTECTION DAY

The Data Privacy Day is an international event that occurs every year on 28th January. The purpose of The Data Privacy Day is to raise awareness and promote the right to personal Data Privacy and provide an opportunity to reflect and share data protection best practices and emerging issues in Data Protection. To commemorate this day, the office of the Data Protection Commissioner held a Data Privacy Conference on 26th and 27th January 2023 at the Kenyatta International Conference Center (KICC). This year’s event theme was “Promoting Data Privacy in a Digitally Transformed Economy.” It seeks to bring together stakeholders from government agencies, private sector, non-governmental organizations and the general public to discuss issues on personal data protection.

Day one during the Data Privacy Day at Kenyatta International Conference Center

Micro and Small Enterprises Authority was among the government agencies invited to participate in a panel discussion on 26th of January 2023. The panel discussion focused on “How Micro and Small Medium Enterprises can leverage on personal data to grow the Economy while being compliant with the Data Protection Legal Framework – Government Perspectives.”

MSEA Director Infrastructure Development, Technology and Innovation Eng. Edward Karani represented MSEA CEO Mr. Henry Rithaa in the panel discussion where he highlighted that for the MSME economy to grow digitally, it is important for actors and non-actors to consider the following;

1. Use their data for demand driven products and services

2. The government should provide easy access to information and resources to MSMEs for compliance.

3. MSMEs should ensure proper control regarding data flows

4. All sector players should have a paradigm shift on how we think of Data

In conclusion he noted that “Data is like gold and its value appreciates with time hence it can be reused and repurposed limitlessly.”

MSEA Director Infrastructure Development, Technology and Innovation Eng. Edward Karani giving his remarks during the panel discussion.

The Data Commissioner Immaculate Kassait MBS, visited the MSEA booth where she was received and taken through services offered by MSEA Chief Legal Officer Ms. Mary Chege and Senior Assistant Director Corporate Communications Ms. Elizabeth Mulae. The commissioner highlighted that MSEA is a key institution as it houses country wide MSE data. She further noted possible areas of collaboration between the two Authorities.

The Data Commissioner Immaculate Kassait MBS, at the MSEA booth.

The President of Kenya HE Dr. William Samoei Ruto also attended the conference and officially launched the Data Protection Registration System. In his speech he mentioned that;

1. Government online service providers have grown from 300 to 600 in number with a potential to expand more.

2. The Government intends to ensure that 5000 government services are available for citizens in the digital context.

3. Data is currency that is ever in demand and it is worthwhile for Government to take up opportunities that it presents.

In conclusion he said that all government entities should align their strategies to the Data Protection Act 2019.

The President of Kenya HE Dr. William Samoei Ruto during the official launch of the Data Protection Registration System

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