KENYA SET TO HOST AFRICA’S CONTENT REGULATION CONFERENCE 2023
The Kenya Film Classification Board took part in the two-day Africa Content Regulation Harmonization Conference held on 23rd and 24th March, 2021 and that brought together Africa’s content regulators and creatives with the aim of drawing a roadmap for a harmonized content regulation framework in Africa.
The conference hosted by South Africa’s Film and Publication Board attracted the film content regulatory Boards of Kenya, Nigeria, Lesotho, Swaziland and South Africa itself, among other countries.
Presenting Kenya’s regulatory model at the Conference, the KFCB CEO Dr. Ezekiel Mutua, reiterated that content harmonization has the potential to promote the African story and expand opportunities for business and trade in the continent, adding that the idea of content regulation harmonization should be to promote the areas of commonality without undermining our culture and values.
“As the Bodies entrusted with regulation of content in the continent, we cannot operate in isolation. Collaboration is key in the process of harmonization since there are areas of commonality in film regulation in Africa. We need to appreciate our unique cultures and tell our stories of diversity and unity through film,” Dr. Mutua said.
Following the successful conference, the Africa Content Regulation Harmonization Standard Setting Committee by consensus adopted Kenya’s proposal to uphold the status quo and have South Africa head the Committee and the Secretariat for a further period of two years.
Consequently, the Films and Publications Board Ag. CEO Abongile Mashele took over the Chairperson seat for a period of two years, with Dr. Ezekiel Mutua of Kenya as the 1st Vice Chair and Alhaji Adedayo Thomas, CEO of the National Film and Video Censorship Board of Nigeria as the 2nd Vice Chair.
The Committee agreed by consensus that the next conference will be held in Kenya in two years’ time and that the host country and the 1st Vice Chair will by tradition and resolution of the meeting become the next Chair and will also host the Secretariat.
All other countries present at the meeting namely; Eswatini, Malawi and Zambia were co-opted as Members of the Steering Committee.