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INTER-MINISTERIAL COPYRIGHT MEETING

On Monday 21st July 2014 a group of Cabinet Secretaries drawn from various ministries dealing with the Creative Industries met at the Nairobi Serena Hotel to map out strategies of enhancing efficiency in the promotion of copyright as a key driver of economic growth.

Under the auspices of the Attorney General Hon Prof. Githu Muigai and the Kenya Copyright Board (KECOBO), the Cabinet Secretaries Roundtable meeting was part of the collaborative engagements geared towards implementing a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta that the arts industry be structured to reward talent and creativity in Kenya.

President Kenyatta has on several occasions directed the reformation of the creative industry to enhance utilization of talent among the youth in Kenya to create jobs and wealth. Protection of copyright and intellectual property are key to the realization of this dream.

The Attorney General Hon. Githu Muigai emphasised that with better inter-ministerial coordination Kenya has the potential to drive and coordinate strategic activities across all creative sectors that will bear fruit.  The output would be the development of a road map to position the local creative industries as a catalyst for a Kenyan knowledge society.  The meeting will be followed by other broader engagements between KECOBO and County Governments across the country on how best to tap talent in the creative industry, how to protect intellectual property and enhance creativity to implement to the jubilee manifesto.

According to the CEO of the Kenya Copyright Board, Dr. Marisela Ouma, the creative industries are set to contribute over 10% of GDP by 2017.  The Chairman of the Kenya Copyright Board, Mr Tom Mshindi, emphasised that inspite of the favourable outlook there still remained some challenges in realizing this growth in copyright monetization within the creative industries.  Inadequate funding, lack of understanding amongst the public about copyright, adequate enforcement and the proposed merger of intellectual property institutions are among some of the biggest challenges faced.

 

In 2012, the board constituted an inter-ministerial committee comprising of members drawn from the Ministry of Culture, Sports & the Arts, National Commission of Science & Technology, National Museums of Kenya, Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) and Kenya Plant Health Inspectorate Service (KEPHIS).  The committee was tasked with coming up with a legislation on the protection of traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.  It is currently in drafting stage at the Office of the Attorney General  & Department of Justice.   This law will regulate and implement the cultural industries in Kenya.


Cabinet Secretaries present for the meeting included Dr. Fred Matiang'i, Information, Communications & Technology.  Other government dignitaries included Mr Peter Oganga Magiti Permanent Secretary Planning, Dr. Wilson Songa, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Industrialisation & Enterprise Development and Mr. Patrick Omutia, Permanent Secretary Culture, Sports & the Arts,

 


Other notable attendees in the meeting included the Chair of the Youth Enterprise Fund Mr. Bruce Odhiambo, Chairman Kenya National Chamber of Commerce – Mr Kiprono Kittony, Mr Vimal Shah, Chairman – Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Ms Carol Kariuki, CEO – KEPSA, Ms Mary Kimonye – CEO Brand Kenya. In attendance were also the following KECOBO Board members Mr Anil Kapila (Fox Theatres), Mr Henry Mutai, (IP Expert), Mr Ezekiel Mutua, (Secretary Information), Dr Isaac Rutenberg (Strathmore – CIPIT), Mr Rufus Thuku (Permanent Presidential Music Commission), Ms Catherine Ngengi, Mr Charles Asiba, Ms Belinda Kiilu, Mr Joseph Kipkoech, Mr Fredrick Oyugi, Mr Desmond Katana & Mr David Muriithi.