Kenya's technology ecosystem is known as "Silicon Savannah". A multitude of IT experts and large tech companies such as Microsoft, Intel, IBM and Google have set up shop there. Over 1,000 start-ups and innovation hubs attract some of the largest investments on the African continent every year and contribute to the rapid growth of Kenya's digital economy.

Cabinet Secretary Owalo and Minister Wissing signed the declaration of intent to establish the Kenyan-German Digital Dialogue. © Jakob Tillmann

Kenya is considered East Africa's digital pioneer in financial technology, digital skills and public services. The government currently provides over 5,000 services through Kenya's eCitizen portal.

Kenya is involved in shaping the African Union's Data Policy Framework and participates in African working groups on the regulation of big tech. With the Kenya Model of Open Internet Governance, Kenya emphasises the important involvement of business, academia and civil society in maintaining the free internet.

In November 2023, Kenyan and German government officials formally commenced the Kenyan-German Digital Dialogue. During a meeting in Berlin, German Minister for Digital and Transport, Dr Volker Wissing, and Kenyan Cabinet Secretary for Information, Communication and The Digital Economy, Eliud Owalo, signed a declaration of intent between both countries. This laid the cornerstone for the bilateral cooperation in digital policy and digital transformation.

Find out more about activities within the Kenyan-German Digital Dialogue here!



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