Dec. 14, 2016, midnight

(Developed by CEWG for Discussion)


To promote creativity, innovation and the diversity of the cultures of the people of Kenya as drivers of economic growth and development


  • Article 11 recognizes culture as the foundation of the nation and as cumulative civilization of the people and the nation. This recognition squarely anchors culture as the fulcrum of the national agenda.
  • The Constitution further commits the Government to promote all forms of national and cultural expressions through literature, the arts, traditional celebrations, science, communication, information, mass media, publications, libraries and other cultural heritage
  • The Constitution also recognizes the role of science and indigenous technologies in the development of the nation and commits to promote the intellectual property rights of the people of Kenya.

The National Creative Economy Policy is therefore a response by Government to the constitutional requirement to promote all forms of national and cultural expressions in line with article 11 of the Constitution.

  • The Constitution, in (article 33 (a), (b) and (c) guarantees the right and freedom of expression which includes freedom to seek, receive and impart information, ideas, freedom of artistic creativity, academic freedom and freedom of scientific research. Through the National Creative Economy Policy the Government creates mechanisms through which rights and freedoms guaranteed in the constitution can be exercised.
  • The policy is also a response to Government’s commitment to implement article 40 (5) of the constitution on the support, promotion and protection of the intellectual property rights of the people of Kenya, the right to use of one’s own language and participate in the cultural life of one’s choice and their use in the economic growth and development.


  • A vibrant society free to imagine, innovate and create.


  • A society inspired and invested in values, appreciates and supports creativity, imagination and innovation for the enhancement of the human experience and securing livelihoods by enhancing sustainable development and expanding national economy.


  • Implement the constitutional obligations related to culture, intellectual property rights, and the freedom of conscience, artistic expressions and access to information;
  • Facilitate the implementation of international conventions on culture;
  • Provide guidelines to promote and facilitate the growth of an economy driven by creativity, knowledge and innovation;
  • To establish an institutional framework to address administrative, management, and resource mobilization for the creative sector;
  • To contribute in building capacity for the creative economy through the educational system;
  • To integrate the creative economy into national and county development plans;
  • To ensure availability of quality human and financial resource allocation for the creative sector;
  • To link the creative economy with national development road maps;
  • To establish and develop national infrastructure for the advancement of a creative economy.

 Dec. 14, 2016, midnight