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Lusaka urges Parliaments to harness IT to improve citizens’ welfare

The Speaker also used the opportunity to highlight how Kenya has provided an enabling environment for innovation and technology as it seeks to achieve the country’s “Big Four” Agenda and Vision 2030/COURTESY

Nairobi, Kenya, Oct 16 – Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has urged parliamentarians to use their institutions to improve the welfare of citizens by being the link with the tech and innovation community.

“Science, Technology and Innovation hold the answer to most of the fundamental challenges that confront humanity and indeed parliamentarians in the course of its work,” said Speaker Lusaka at the 139th General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).

He said the use of science is no longer an option for Parliament, but rather an integral part of surmounting the various challenges.

The Speaker also used the opportunity to highlight how Kenya has provided an enabling environment for innovation and technology as it seeks to achieve the country’s “Big Four” Agenda and Vision 2030.

He cited that in 2001, Kenya enacted The Industrial Property Act, 2001 which provides for the promotion of inventive and innovative activities, to facilitate the acquisition of technology through the grant and regulation of patents, utility models, technovations and industrial designs.

In February 2018, the Kenyan Government appointed a task force to explore the development potential of block chain technology and artificial intelligence in Kenya.

The IPU Assembly – the premier meeting hall for 178 Parliaments – shall adjourn its sittings on Thursday.

The Parliament of Kenya’s participation at the IPU is part of the country’s parliamentary diplomacy agenda and the strengthening of Kenya’s international profile and relations.

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