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Hon. Ababu Namwamba – Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Youth Affairs, Creative Economy, and

Sports on Thursday 22, 2024 launched the Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) 2023-2027 Strategic Plan.

The strategic plan will be geared toward meeting KeNIA’s mission statement of

developing and managing a dynamic national innovation system that catalyzes jobs and

wealth creation.

KeNIA has within the last 3 years of its operational existence already rolled out various

programmes such as the Research to Commercialization Accelerator, offered Institutional

Support to Universities in commercializing their research outputs developed a digital

marketplace for innovators and investors, Kenya Innovation Week, Presidential Innovation

Award, the Kenya Network of Entrepreneurial Institutions Leaders, among others.

“I am happy to launch this important institutional document that has outlined key pillars,


i. Commercialization Systems.

ii. Startup ecosystem.

iii. Institutional Capacity.

iv. Promotion and Awareness.

v. Policy, Legal, and Regulatory


Remarked the CS.

The new strategic plan outlines an ambitious plan for the agency that has set out the following

recommendations to strengthen the National Innovation Ecosystem:

1. KeNIA to create an inventory, and document innovations and start-ups at the

county and national levels and increase awareness of the services offered by

innova6on hubs to the public.

2. KeNIA to strengthen the capacity of innovators through training, provide

learning and growth linkages support the commercializa6on of innova6ons,

and facilitate access to funds for youth and other vulnerable groups.

3. KeNIA to spearhead the development of a framework to enhance

collabora6on among all en66es engaged in innova6on ac6vi6es to improve

service delivery to the Kenyan innovation ecosystem

4. KeNIA to map out the funding landscape for innova6on in Kenya: Not all

sectors attract funding. It is evident that sectors such as Artificial Intelligence,

Agriculture, Fintech, Energy, and E-commerce are the top four best-funded

sectors in Kenya, while sectors like health, housing, water, and sanita6on

attract less funding.

5. The Government through KeNIA will develop an information portal on funding

opportunities: There are potential sources of funding, which have not been

adequately exploited by Kenyan innovators such as the Youth Enterprise


6. Intellectual Property Rights: KeNIA should support innovators in protecting

their innovations through intellectual property rights.

7. KeNIA should formulate recommenda6ons to foster an innova6on culture in

Kenya, specifically on how the Government can provide tax relief to

investors in innovation, akin to reliefs available to the sports industry.

8. KeNIA to spearhead the development of a framework to enhance

collabora6on among all en66es engaged in innova6on ac6vi6es to improve

service delivery to the Kenyan innovation ecosystem.

9. KeNIA to invest more in enhancing the appropriate skills for innova6on

development, commercializing innova6ons, and managing innova6on hubs.

Inves6ng in skills and talent will contribute to boos6ng Kenya’s innova6on

performance in future ranking.

While speaking during the launch, the CS affirmed that the Ministry of Youth Affairs,

Creative Economy set up youth centres across all the constituencies and directed KeNIA to

upgrade them into innovation hubs where innovation support programmes will be


The CS also challenged KeNIA to leverage the 10-year Innovation Master

Plan, launched by H.E President William Ruto in 2023 to develop a coherent Innovation

Policy and Strategy to drive the ecosystem forward.

This strategic plan has aligned itself with the fourth Medium-Term Plan (MTP IV) of Kenya’s

vision 2030 that is aimed at creating jobs and enabling citizens to meet their basic needs,

The Kenya Kwanza Bottom-up economic model, sustainable development goals (SDGs),

among other national economic approaches in setting the momentum for economic

transition to the next long-term development agenda for the country.

The Kenya National Innovation Agency (KeNIA) has been tasked with developing and

overseeing the Kenya National Innovation System. Therefore, the strategic plan is designed

to comprehensively align with the agency’s mandate.

through various strategies.

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