NOW SHOWING : KENYA E-COMMERCE

I met my John at one of the many pubs in the coastal city of Mombasa. We had a lot in common, apart from our love of all things gadget, we also had share problem; I never seem to get drunk while in any coastal town of Kenya.
John pointed at the possible humidity and after a couple glasses it made some sought of sense.

His major problem wasn’t the content level of alcohol in his blood by the rather frustration payment modes that are used in the country.
You can book online; searches online, bid online but not buy. For a nation that is labelled the financial hub of the region, communication centre, the lack of legislative laws to regulate and govern the use of E-Commerce is rather wanting.

For some reason things in Kenya just seem to happen. We have been lucky that geography favoured our position right smack at the centre of the planet. Even though we are 3 hours plus GMT, the good lord made it convenient that right at the intersection of the equator and the longitude zero degrees (GMT) no meaningful body or group of people would be possibly challenge the rather unique language situation that all school leavers in Kenya have or the over abundance of highly skilled and educated graduates that lazily walk around our towns.

So when parliament passed the Kenya Communication Bill 2008, there was an uproar that the bill as the ‘media owners’ said was directly going to interfere with the Kenyan endeavour of accessing and using information without interference of anyone or even state(Ch. 79 A, of the Kenyan Constitution). The Media owners always have their own agenda and unfortunately the public got the wrong and short end of the stick.
While it’s true that the Bill had glaring sections that needed sobriety, the over bill and now all have agreed frees up a lot of restrictions that will allow the faster development of the ICT sector.

Now it will be easier for any person whether Kenyan or otherwise be able to be protected guided by an act of parliament when setting up a BPO.
It becomes easier for someone to walk to a financial institution and say ‘hey we have a law now that say a,b,c,d on what a BPO is.
Even better what to us Kenyans dose the word E-COMMERCE means. Now you can search, bid, book and pay with ease over the net.

Another M-Pesa can bring out its product and say there is a law that says this about mobile banking or mobile money transfers.
All this are contained in the law, as such growth will be expected since as an investor or a player the field now has a referee.

As for John had he stayed longer he would have been able to settle his bill right here and just before his 10th or was it 12th beer. Cheers mate

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