Navigating East Africa’s Data Protection Framework: A Guide for Investors in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania

The number of data protection laws in Africa has more than doubled in the last decade, and a third of these laws were passed in just the last five years. Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania have each adopted data protection legislative frameworks modelled on the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and have each set up regulatory authorities to drive compliance and enforcement.

Understanding the specific data protection frameworks in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania is critical to ensuring compliance and minimising risks in East Africa. This article summarises the key aspects of the data protection laws in these three countries, focusing on compliance requirements, regulatory authorities, and cross-border data transfer guidelines.

Ball & Chain: Impact of the EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive on African Businesses

On 15 March 2024, the Council of the EU approved the final text of the EU Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (the Directive). The Directive requires EU member states to introduce mandatory obligations for qualifying EU and non-EU companies to integrate environmental and human rights due diligence into their global operations and value chains. The Directive also requires the integration of riskbased due diligence into the activities of all.

Ethiopia’s New SEZ Proclamation: Unlocking Investment Opportunities

The strategy of mobilising capital from foreign investors through setting up effective industrial parks has been adopted as government economic policy for some time. It was formally introduced as part of Ethiopia’s first Growth and Transformation Plan I. Fostering industrialization was also one of the development priorities under GTP-II, (2016-2020). The Ethiopia 2030: The Pathway to Prosperity – Ten Years Perspective Development Plan (2021 – 2030) targets an annual growth rate of 13 percent over the ten years with the manufacturing sub-sector constituting 20 percent. The Ethiopian Industrial Development Strategic Plan (2013-2025) also provides a policy direction to establish an industrial zone development program. The Strategic Plan focuses on the development of integrated economic development zones that build and develop industrial parks, business centres, as well as residential areas for employees.

Recent Developments Shaping Kenya’s Betting and Gaming Sector

The betting and gaming landscape in Kenya is undergoing significant shifts, with the Kenyan Government implementing new regulations in a bid to regulate the sector. From higher taxes to stricter advertising regulations, these measures are reshaping the industry.

Key Arbitration Caselaw Developments in Uganda

Uganda’s legal system follows the common law tradition where binding legal rules are gradually developed by a hierarchical judiciary that interprets and applies the Ugandan Constitution, statutes passed by Parliament, applicable international treaties, subsidiary laws, the English Common Law and doctrines of Equity, and in limited circumstances, local customary law.

Analysis of the New Competition Act, 2023

In 2022, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives (Minister) tabled before Parliament the Competition Bill, 2022 and after undergoing several revisions, it was assented to by the President on 2 February 2024. In the past, there were only sector specific competition laws for example in the banking, telecommunications, and energy sectors therefore the Competition Act, 2023 (the Act) cures this by providing for Uganda’s first ever national law on competition.

Fintech M&A in Nigeria: Key Considerations and Projections

Nigeria’s financial technology (fintech) industry has experienced unprecedented growth over the last decade, and this has transformed the country’s financial landscape. The fintech industry offers innovative solutions by facilitating financial payments, access to credits and consumer financing solutions, flexible savings, and investment products. A sizeable youth population, increased smartphone penetration, and regulatory developments have engineered a thriving fintech industry in Africa, particularly in Nigeria.

Powering Nigeria: A Recap of Developments in the Electric Power Sector

The year 2023 recorded significant legal milestones in the Nigerian Electric Supply Industry (NESI) owing to an amendment to the Constitution that allows states to establish electricity markets within the states and the enactment of the Electricity Act, 2023 (the Electricity Act or the Act). The Electricity Act repealed the Electric Power Sector Reform Act, 2005 and enacted policies towards propelling the NESI into the post-privatisation phase while providing a framework for energy transition amongst others.

When Yes means No – A Look at Kenya’s evolving Data Protection Framework

Privacy is a fundamental human right and is central to the protection of human dignity. In its simplest form, the right to privacy allows each human being to be left alone in a core that is inviolable. As we continue to celebrate Data Privacy Day, we look at key takeaways from recent decisions issued by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC) as data protection jurisprudence continues to evolve in Kenya.