African creative industries—from design, music, craft, film and television,
fashion, publishing, heritage and digital animation—are key drivers
for job creation, foreign exchange earning, income generation and
inclusive development. Promoting small-scale creative enterprises
and an enabling framework is crucial for Kenya and the East African
Community in order to develop international visibility and trade.
HEVA supports the transformative and social economic potential of the
creative sector in the East Africa region. From Nairobi, Kampala, Kigali,
Arusha, Lamu to Dar es Salaam, the creative sector is where the creation
of new products and new cultural experiences is happening. The first
session in the two-part Creative Economy Dialogues convenes national and
regional policy actors, regulators, practitioners and development partners
such as HIVOS, Forum Syd, the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub and
UNDP to a dynamic multi-sectoral dialogue exploring the establishment of
a catalytic regulatory and investment environment to support the growth
and integration of creative value chains in Kenya and Eastern Africa.
This moderated and televised panel discussion will be composed of high-level
panelists, who will make remarks and field questions from the audience at
the venue as well as those watching at home on TV and through social media
interactions. In concert with our partners and the community of creative
professionals, we are excited to host this session to highlight the contribution
of the creative sector in the achievement of inclusive, sustainable and equitable
development through trade in Kenya, East Africa and the Continent.