Commonwealth Pledges Support For Kenya’s Innovation Ambitions

The Commonwealth Secretary-General the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC has pledged Commonwealth support to help Kenya realise its ambitious innovation goals.

The Secretary-General delivered the opening address at the second Kenyan Innovation Week conference in Nairobi.

The conference showcases the work being done to transform the innovation landscape in Kenya.

Speaking at the event the Secretary-General praised Kenyan innovation saying: “I am delighted to see Kenya’s National Innovation Agency going from strength to strength. Your work is critical to building the foundations of the trailblazing ‘innovation nation’ which we all know Kenya can be.

“There is an exciting, important, impactful journey ahead for all of you, for Kenya and for Africa – and I promise you that I, and the entire Commonwealth, will be by your side as your partner and friend as you drive progress towards a better, fairer, more secure, more resilient, and more prosperous future for all,” she added.

The Covid-19 pandemic has sped-up the global move towards digitisation.

While this presents opportunities for employment and trade, it also presents challenges exasperated by the digital divide in the Commonwealth and a lack of infrastructure.

The Commonwealth Secretariat is actively working to support member countries, including Kenya, deliver on their innovation ambitions to see the realisation of more inclusive, creative, and globally connected economies, able to react and respond to global challenges and opportunities.

The Secretary-General spoke at the conference following an invitation from H.E Hon President William Ruto PhD., C.G.H, who gave the keynote address.

The Secretary-General made a courtesy call to President Ruto a day prior to the conference where they discussed Kenya’s bold plans for innovation; areas where the Commonwealth can contribute expertise and support; and how data and knowledge-sharing will be the bedrock of the kind of innovation which is critical to progress across the Commonwealth-family.