Kenya Space Policy & Bill 2023 Review Workshop

Kenya Space Agency on 25 November 2022, held the 1st Stakeholders Workshop to review Kenya Space Policy 2016 and develop Kenya Space Bill at the Kenya School of Monetary Studies, Nairobi.

The event was officially opened by Mr. Bogita Ongeri, Director of Public Communications at MoD, on behalf of the Principal Secretary for Defence. The event was attended by the Chairperson, KSA Board of Directors, Maj. Gen (Rtd) James Aruasa, members of KSA Board, Ag. DG KSA, Brig. Hillary
Kipkosgey, KSA staff and stakeholders from various institutions.

In his remarks, Mr. Ongeri stated that the policy and legal framework seeks to position Kenya favourably to tap into opportunities that space services, technologies and applications offer for socio-economic development. He also stated that such legislation would have an effect to many sectors, stakeholders and industries and hence the need to engage with the stakeholders in this initial stage in the drafting process.

KSA BoD Chairperson, Maj Gen (Rtd) James Aruasa emphasized on the need to reinforce the establishment of the Agency with a sound legal framework under a statute. He stated that the legal framework would enable the Agency have the necessary regulatory powers and facilitate drawing up of appropriate regulations to support the creation of a conducive environment for investments in the sector.

The Ag. DG KSA, Brig. Hillary Kipkosgey also gave a highlight of activities that the Agency is involved in line with its mandate of promoting, coordinating and regulating space activities in the country.

The highlights of the Space Policy and Space Bill were presented to the stakeholders and they subsequently gave out their recommendations for consideration in the drafting process of the Space legislation during the break-out and plenary session.

The stakeholder workshop is an initial step to collect views from the stakeholders to better understand how better position and grow the space ecosystem. Other stakeholder and public engagements are planned in the coming days to collate views and ensure we bequeath Kenya with a prospective policy and legislation.