East Africa CIO100 Summit and Awards 2019 kicks off

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A panel discusses data protection and regulation at the CEO Breakfast session (Photo by Arthur Kuwashima)

The regional CIO100 East African Summit and Awards 2019 has officially kicked off at the Lake Naivasha Resort in Naivasha.

Commencing with an exclusive CEO roundtable breakfast, the CIO100 SUmmit and Awards is themed to harness the power of automation.

We are honored to host you for this exclusive breakfast session,” said Laura Chite, CEO CIO East Africa. Adding; “Conversations on matters data regulations are powerful and cannot be avoided.”

The session that largely discoursed the role of policy and regulation in catalyzing innovation, was largely attended by top-notch industry shapers of the IT space from across the East Africa region.

Speaking on data regulation and policy, George Njuguna, the CIO at Safaricom PLC said; Data is key and a vital resource for making money. It is important therefore that it be regulated.”

Sammy Nyambu, Partner and Digital Solutions, Financial Services and Risk Advisory Lead at EY noted that the 2019 data protection law sets clear obligations of the data commissioner that is meant to be a symbol of data processing and storage.

He said; “The newly signed data law will set direction with a data commissioner to enhance the governance and organisation of data.” Adding, ” Kenya being a tech hub should have stern data regulation to enhance innovation.”

The data protection discussion is meant to carry on through the two-day summit.

The regional  Summit and Awards shall be officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for ICT, Kenya and shall end with the Awards on the 22nd November 2019

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