The World Intellectual Property Day is observed annually on April 26. Since the year 2000, the day is celebrated to raise awareness of the impact patents, copyright, trademarks and design have on our daily life. Intellectual Property (IP) rights are used to encourage innovation and

On Thursday, April 21, 2022, US Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo issued a statement on the establishment of the Global Cross-Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum. The forum consists of Canada, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and the United States of

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Papers Laid Report of the Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security on its consideration of the Huduma Bill, 2021 (National Assembly No. 57 of 2021).  The 14th Edition of the Bi-Annual Report on the status of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Control in

The Kenya Film Classification Board seeks to assess the regulatory framework of the broadcast and Over The Top (OTT) and Video on Demand (VOD) in the country with a view to implement a co-regulation framework in a bid to ease business as well as create

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Papers Laid Legal Notice No. 46 relating to the Central Bank of Kenya Digital Credit providers Regulations of 2022. The Report of the status of the Kenyan economy for the period March 22nd from the National Treasury. The 14th Edition of the Bi-Annual

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Communication from the Chair Speaker Justin Muturi made a communication on the request of Hon. John Mbadi to withdraw the Political Parties (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 58 of 2021) Papers laid: Legal Notice No. 32 relating to the Companies Beneficial Ownership

Both the National Assembly and Senate are currently in recess.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Message from the National Assembly  Passage of the Division of Revenue Bill (National Assembly Bills No. 8 of 2022) The Speaker reported to the Senate that he had received a message from the Speaker of the National Assembly regarding the passage of the

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Communications from the Chair Deputy Speaker Hon. Moses Cheboi told the House that they had received a petition from Mr Njoroge Waweru calling for the waiver of Value-Added Tax (VAT) levied on textbooks, journals and periodicals.  Communication from the chair regarding the passage

On February 23, the European Commission proposed new rules on who can use and access data generated in the EU across all economic sectors. These rules would be contained in the proposed Data Act. According to the press release, the proposal for the Data Act

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Papers Laid The Quarterly Report and budgetary review report for the first half of the financial year 2021/2022 from the National Treasury. Reports of the Auditor-General and Financial Statements in respect to several institutions for the year ended 30th June, 2021. A Report

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Communication from the chair relating to prioritization of individual members’ Bills Pursuant to the calendar adopted by the House last week, the House is scheduled to hold a total of 55 sittings during the current 6th session before the Sine Die Recess which

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has reported that it captured 1,031,645 new voters in its second National Enhanced Continuous Voter Registration exercise against a target of 4.5 million. The registration exercise came to an end on February 6, 2022. In the first phase

President Uhuru Kenyatta has banned any exports or dealings in scrap metal. The Head of State cited increased vandalism of government infrastructure which he described as economic sabotage. He added that tough action would be taken against anyone found culpable of vandalism. This comes days

Artificial intelligence (AI) is defined as the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems. AI systems work by ingesting large amounts of labeled training data, analyzing the data for correlations and patterns, and using these patterns to make predictions about future states.

It is 2022 and data protection continues to be a major issue in business. For companies operating in multiple jurisdictions, there are key trends that will be important for them to keep in mind. The growing call for international data protection collaboration In 2021, the

On Sunday, November 21, 2021,  Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe announced several strategies that are being proposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. These strategies are: Making proof of full vaccination a prerequisite to receiving government services from December 21, 2021. Counties to ramp up on

President Uhuru Kenyatta on 30th November delivered his 8th State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of both houses of Parliament. In his address he reported on the measures taken by his government. He also reported on the status of our fulfilment of

President Uhuru Kenyatta took advantage of Mashujaa Day celebrations on Wednesday, October 20, 2021, to announce a raft of economic measures and interventions his government seeks to make to reinvigorate the economy which is reeling from effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.  President Kenyatta announced a

Since the presentation of the Presidential Task force Report on Review of Power Purchase Agreements on September 29th 2021, the country has been awash with speculations on how the proposed 33% decrease in energy cost will be implemented. In the Weekly Vellum dated October 01st

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY PAPERS LAID The following papers were laid at the Table of the House among others: Report of the Constitutional Implementation Oversight Committee on its consideration of the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 40 of 2020). Report of the Departmental

Gazetted Legislations Senate Bills, 2021 The Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Bill, 2021   Legislative Supplements, 2021 The Competition Act-Exclusions. The Irrigation (General) Regulations, 2021   PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed members of the Selection Panel for the selection of nominees for

KENYA The National Treasury Releases the 2021 Tax Expenditure Report The National Treasury has released the 2021 Tax Expenditure Report in accordance with Section 77(a) of the Public Finance Management Act. Markedly, tax expenditures in 2020 were 2.96% of GDP. The analysis revealed that tax

Vide a Notification of Presidential Action [II] publicized via a Press Statement on 29th of September, the President of Kenya, H.E. Uhuru M. Kenyatta notified the public of the changes to his Cabinet. This is in exercise of the presidential prerogative vested in the Head

Following a dramatic exit from the public stage after a protracted procurement controversy at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) three years ago, Mr. Ezra Chiloba has returned to the limelight. Popularly referred to as “Chilo-bae” during the 2017 General Election, Mr. Chiloba re-enters

  On September 29th 2021, H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy, to implement the recommendations of the Presidential Taskforce on Review of Power Purchase Agreements. The Taskforce was constituted vide Gazette Notice No. 3076 of 29th March, 2021, following public

There is no doubt that the planet is under threat from climate change and global warming. This is why the COP26 conference, which is fast approaching, should serve as a wake-up call to the climate crisis the globe is facing and the need to fast-track

It’s 4:45a.m, Mutuku Keith is preparing to leave his home in Syokimau. He has been trying to figure out how he can evade traffic for months now.  Sometimes when he leaves as early as 5a.m there’s traffic and other times there’s not much traffic or

The term Metaverse is used to describe a virtual space within digital environments such as online games, social media, and virtual reality. It is a network of always-on virtual environments in which people can interact with one another and digital objects while operating virtual representations

Gulf Energy and Rubis Energy are battling in court over privacy and security issues that arose after an acquisition. Rubis Energy acquired KenolKobil in 2019, a transaction that enabled it to acquire Gulf Energy. In the transaction, Gulf Energy transferred all its ICT assets including

Raila Odinga, the head of the Orange Democratic Movement, this week made his biggest moves yet to harness the votes he anticipates will be the reward of his rapprochement with President Uhuru Kenyatta. He toured Central Kenya, met and received the approval of the powerful

By Edward Njoroge The past few weeks have been a pretty busy season for the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (KEMSA), with staff running against time to process customer orders and deliveries. Due to the budget cycles, county governments have recently placed orders, settled outstanding debts

The cooperation agreement between Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA) announced this week marked the first steps towards the creation of a Pan-African Airline Group despite the path being littered with a myriad of domestic issues. Both airlines are facing financial difficulties, which

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KENYA The 2021 Budget Review and Outlook Paper The 2021 Budget Review and Outlook Paper (BROP) has been prepared against a background of expected global recovery after a  slump  in  2020  occasioned  by  the  negative  effects  of  the COVID-19 pandemic. The global economy is projected

The United Kingdom on Thursday announced their Post-Brexit approach to international data transfers which includes future partnerships with Kenya. India, Brazil and Indonesia are also in this priority list. The first territories which it will prioritise striking ‘data adequacy’ partnerships will be the United States,

The deadline for all Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) to ensure all SIM cards are linked to a legal registration identity document is fast approaching- 09th September, 2021. This follows a directive issued by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) earlier in August, 2021 which also

ETHIOPIA Ethiopia Attracts $3.9 billion FDI in 2020/21 Fiscal Year Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow into Ethiopia reached 3.9 billion US dollars in the recently concluded 2020/21 fiscal year, says the country’s investment commission. The amount, recorded in the FY which ended on July 7,

The Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua has warned that action will be taken against civil servants who are not vaccinated by August 23rd, 2021. He said in a memo that it had been discovered that there was low uptake of the vaccines among public

Today a seven-member Court of Appeal bench dismissed the BBI appeal. The seven judges are Daniel Musinga, Fatuma Sichale, Gatembu Kairu, Hannah Okwengu, Roselyn Nambuye, Patrick Kiage and Francis Tuiyott. The judges took turns to read their judgments which were upholding the High Court’s decision.

KENYA Ethiopia clears hurdle for M-Pesa expansion Ethiopian authorities told Business Daily on Thursday that the Safaricom licence will be upgraded to include mobile financial service. A consortium led by Safaricom secured the first licence, which does not have a permit for mobile financial services

KENYA StanChart slashes interest rate on fresh mortgages Standard Chartered Bank of Kenya  has cut the interest rate on new mortgages and waived legal and valuation fees for customers moving existing facilities from other banks in the latest bid to grow home loans. Borrowers who

A few years ago, many corporations used to think data protection meant security of systems. And this was because they thought the word protect meant security in the context of cyber security. While security of data is a way of implementing privacy and data protection,

KENYA Treasury exceeds July bond uptake target by Sh20bn The Treasury took up an extra Sh19.9 billion above the target of Sh60 billion in the first bond sale of the new fiscal year, taking advantage of high investor appetite for the offer that was sold

The Cabinet Secretary to the National Treasury and Planning is proposing to make the Capital Markets (Investment Based Crowdfunding) Regulations, 2021. The Regulations will apply to investment-based crowdfunding platforms in Kenya. They will also apply to persons who are operating investment-based crowdfunding platforms in Kenya. 

On June 22, Senegal’s President Macky Sall launched a national data centre which will host Senegal’s all government data and digital platforms in an effort to strengthen its digital sovereignty. The 70 million Euro data center has been financed with a Chinese loan and built

DAY  COMMITTEE TIME & VENUE PURPOSE TIME Monday, 8th March, 2021 Committee on Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries Online meeting Meeting with the State Department for Fisheries, Aqua-culture and the Blue Economy to deliberate on the status of fisheries, aqua-culture and the blue economy in Kenya

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY   DAY  COMMITTEE VENUE PURPOSE NATURE Wednesday 10th March, 2021 Public Investments Committee Committee Room 7 Main Parliament Buildings Meeting with the following regarding the Special Audit Report on Utilization of Covid-19 Funds: Closed Ivy Minyow Onyango, Director, Kilig Limited at 10:00am Gladys

Standing Committee on Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations – Will  hold a meeting with the Council of Governors leadership to deliberate on matters Devolution (invitation extended to all Senators) at the Senate Chamber; 9:30am. Standing Committee on Energy – Will  hold a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum

Public Investments Committee – Will hold a Closed Meeting at CommitteeRoom 7 Main Parliament Buildings with the following with regards to theSpecial Audit Report on Utilization of Covid-19 Funds:- Director,Accenture Kenya Limited- 10.00 am Director,Duke Agencies (Kenya) Limited – 11.00 am Director,Angelica Medical Supplies Limited – 12.00 noon

KENYA Tech firm to set up regional data hub in Nairobi Kenya’s data centre market has a new suitor after Europe-based IXAfrica launched plans to build its ‘Africa Campus’ in Nairobi. IXAfrica chairman Guy Willner said they had chosen Nairobi as their regional expansion Launchpad

The Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) on Wednesday commemorated 100 days since the swearing-in of the first Data Commissioner and the establishment of the Office. On this day, the ODPC launched their Official Logo and Website, the Draft Guidance note of Data Protection

KENYA Safaricom biggest winner in Sh1.6bn network upgrade Giant telecommunications firm, Safaricom is among five firms that have been awarded a Sh1.57 billion deal to build base transceiver stations to boost network connectivity in 101 remote sub-locations across the country. The telcos will set up

Safer Internet Day is a day in February when people come together for a better internet by raising awareness of the online issues that matter to us. It started as an initiative of the  European Union Safe Borders project in 2004 and was taken up

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY The National Assembly will resume its Regular Sittings on Tuesday, 9th February, 2021, at 2.30 pm and the following business will be prioritized during the First Part of the Fifth Session:  The House will consider and approve its Calendar for the Fifth Session.

Ahead of his meeting with a section of elected representatives from his Mt Kenya region, MPs from the Tangatanga faction of the Jubilee Party wrote a letter of defiance and lamentations to President Uhuru Kenyatta. The letter had been written not only for the President

Yesterday, the 28 of January 2021; was the 15th Data Protection Day and the 40th anniversary of Convention 108. Data Protection Day or Privacy day is a day to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It is usually held on the

The National Treasury has finalized the Draft 2021 Budget Policy Statement for the MTEF FY 2021/22 -2023/24 budget which is available at the National Treasury website www.treasury.go.ke. and it invites comments on it.

On Thursday, December 03, 2020, the Nairobi City County Assembly approved a Motion for the removal from office, by impeachment, of Hon. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, the Governor of Nairobi City County. The Speaker of the Senate was then informed of the approved Motion via a

KENYA Expiry of Emergency Measures to Facilitate Mobile Money Transactions and the Introduction of Principles to Guide Pricing On December 17, 2020 the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) after consulting with Payment Service Providers (PSPs) announced the expiry of emergency measures  to facilitate mobile money

On Wednesday, the Employment and Labour Court ordered striking health workers to temporarily resume work. The Kenya Union of Clinical Officers (KUCO) officials however claim that the court order does not apply to the ongoing strike, stating that it is in regards to a strike

National Assembly Bills, 2020 • The Higher Education Loans Board (Amendment) Bill, 2020 • The Information Communication Technology Practitioners Bill, 2020 Senate Bills, 2020 • The Natural Resources (Benefit Sharing) Bill, 2020 • The Health (Amendment) Bill, 2020 • The Public Finance Management (Amendment) Bill,

KISUMU The Governor of Kisumu County has appointed Paul Otieno to be a member of Kisumu City Board.The County Assembly shall have a special sitting on Thursday, 26th November, 2020 at Grace Onyango Social Hall. The business to be transacted shall be the Governor’s State

Senate Bills, 2020 The Geologist Bill, 2020 The Care and Protection of Older Members of Society Bill, 202 PUBLIC SECTORJudiciary The Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court issues the Supreme Court (General) Practice Directions. Notices The Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Co-ordination of

The Steering Committee made Policy Reforms proposals to effectively implement the recommendations in the BBI report. The Committee was not able to develop the multiple policies, so they developed a set of doctrines as well as policy intervention guides for each identified priority policy area.

Legislative Supplements, 2020 The Traffic (Registration Plates) (Amendment) Rules, 2020 The Architects and Quantity Surveyors (Continuing Professional Development) By- laws, 2020 The Kadhi’s Court Rules, 2020 PUBLIC SECTOR Appointments The Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, Urban Development and Public Works has appointed the members

PUBLIC SECTOR Notices President Uhuru Kenyatta, C.G.H., shall address a Special Sitting of Parliament on Thursday, 12th November, 2020, at 2.30 p.m., in the National Assembly Chamber, Main Parliament Buildings. The National Land Commission has established the National Land Commission Procedures for Administration of Part

Legislative Supplements, 2020 The Protected Areas (Kisii State Lodge) Order, 2020 Senate Bills, 2020 The Coffee Bill, 2020 PUBLIC SECTOR Notices The Kenya Accreditation Service has paublished in the Kenya Gazette accredited conformity assessment bodies as listed in the register of accredited bodies as of

Article 132 of the Constitution and House Standing Orders obligate the President to address a joint sitting of the Houses on matters that touch on national values.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has appointed Prof Lukoye Atwoli to be the non-executive Chairperson of the Mathari Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Senate Bills, 2020 The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 The Political Party Primaries Bill, 2020 Acts, 2020 The County Allocation of Revenue Act, 2020 Legislative Supplements, 2020 The Excise Duty Act— Adjustment of Rates for Inflation The Registration of Persons (National Integrated Identity Management

With the government having announced plans to proceed with the Huduma Number project, the Data Commissioner’s role will be to ensure that the process is in compliance with the data protection Act while building public confidence in the whole system.

Legislative Supplements, 2020 The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Act 2020 The Value Added Tax (Electronic Tax Invoice) Regulations, 2020 The Value Added Tax (Digital Marketplace Supply) Regulations. 2020 The Retirement Benefits (Forms and Fees) ( Amendment) Regulations. 203) The Retirement Benefits (Mortgage Loans) (Amendment) Regulations,

Senate Bills, 2020 The Health (Amendment) Bill, 2020 The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 National Assembly Bills, 2020 The Health (Amendment) Bill, 2020 The Higher Education Loans Board (Amendment) Bill, 2020 Legislative Supplements, 2020 The Excise Duty Act — Adjustment of Rates for Inflation

A petition for insolvency/liquidation of Tusker Mattresses Limited was on the 25th August, 2020 presented to the said court by Hotpoint Appliances Limited. The said Petition is directed to be heard before the High Court, Commercial and Tax Division sitting at Nairobi, Milimani Law Courts on the 30th September, 2020 at 9.00 O’clock.

FINANCIAL SERVICES SECTOR
– The Central Bank of Kenya has granted the Kenya Mortgage Refinance Company a
licence to conduct mortgage refinance business.
– The Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury and Planning has published in the Kenya
Gazette the Exchequer Balance as at 31.08.2020 to be 49,574,626,579.69

In February, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) and the Treasury announced that they are preparing a law that will cover digital mobile lenders. It was during this period that the CBK Deputy Governor Sheila M’Mbijjewe shared that a suicide incident had been reported to

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY Papers Laid: Legal Notice No. 130 of 2020 relating to the Land Registration (Electronic Land Transactions) Regulations and the Explanatory Memorandum from the Ministry of Lands and Physical Planning. Legal Notice No. 131 of 2020 relating to the Land (Amendment) Regulations and the

On 29th July, 2020 the President of the Supreme Court of Kenya issued a notice to the public indicating that Milimani Law Courts would be closed for the next fourteen days with effect from 30th July, 2020. The reason given is that some members of

Through a General Notice, the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Justin B. Muturi, EGH, M.P. indicated that the House would resume sittings on 30th July 2020 as opposed to 28th July as earlier communicated. It will be interesting to watch out for the impact/

SENATE Point of Order Allocation of Time to Discuss the Formula for Sharing of Revenue among Counties Papers Laid The County Governments Budget Implementation Review Report for the first nine months of the Financial Year, 2019/2020 The Crops (Sugar) Imports, Exports and By-Products Regulations, 2020.

This past week has seen a wide range of activities in the technology space with the key highlight in Kenya being the launch of the Lipa Mdogo Mdogo programme by Safaricom in partnership with Google. The name of the programme in Swahili loosely translates to

President Uhuru Nominates Nancy Janet Kabui Gathungu for position of auditor General. Her name has been forwarded to Parliament for vetting.

The Uganda 2020/21 national budget is based on the theme: Stimulating the economy to safeguard livelihoods, jobs, business and industrial recovery. It was delivered by Hon. Matia Kasaija Minister of Finance Planning and Economic Development on 11th June 2020.