Trade,Industry & Investment

Background (Role of the committee)

The Trade, Industry and Investment Committee was constituted to consider all matters relating to trade development and regulations; and investment and divestiture policies.

 

The committees’ mandate revolves around;

  • Review and develop memorandums on current Bills before National Assembly and Senate relating to trade and investments the above matters;
  • Review and Coordinate Counties position in National policies relating to trade and investment;
  • Help County Governments to attain the Global competitiveness of Counties;
  • Promotion of information and communication technologies for development;
  • Promotion of stable environments for investment at the County level;
  • To coordinate and harmonize the Council’s position on matters of Trade and Investment relations between the two levels of government;
  • To provide a forum for consultation on matters of Taxation for County Governments to facilitate enabling environment for investment.
  • Coordinate the Intergovernmental Issues related to the trade sector.
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    Legal Framework

    The primary source of legislation of the Trade, Industry and Investment committee's activities is the constitution of Kenya 2010. The other key sources of legislation include:

    • The County Governments Act 2012
    • The Public Finance Management Act 2012

     

    Approach to undertaking Committee’s Business

    The committee functions through: -

    • Stakeholder approach through instituting sectoral forum for County Governments officers in charge of Trade and Investments;
    • Operationalize the intergovernmental mechanism on Trade and Investments to assist Counties achieve their
    • objective of trade

     

    facilitation;

    • Strengthen the regional blocs to assist in building a cohesive business environment in the County Government and Inter-county trade.

     

    Status Briefs (Current agendas/issued being addressed by the committee)

    • Operationalization of the Intergovernmental sectoral forum on Trade and Investments,
    • Coordinate with the State Department of Trade to ensure operationalization of the National Trade Policy,
    • Assist County Governments to strengthen the intuitional and legal framework of the County Economic Blocs,
    • Coordinating Counties views on the development of the Kenya Investments Policy.

     

    Opportunities that the Committee Offers

    The National Trade policy offers a good opportunity for County Governments to harness the intergovernmental framework for trade and investments, involvement of Counties in the National Trade Facilitation Committee, Negotiation Committee and operationalization of the Trade e-portal. These will assist Counties to form synergy with both private sector and National Government in development of local trade, industrialization and investment.

    Impact/Breakthroughs/Key Achievements

    • Participated in the development of the National Trade Policy and ensured most of the Counties views have been captured in the Policy document
    • Instituted research on the current status of the six regional blocs formed by County Governments Resources
    • The Committee has collected information and data from County Governments on the successes made after devolution in the sector and the intervention made by them;
    • The Committee holds sectoral forums with CECs in Charge of Trade to share on matters related to Trade and Investments.

     

    Current Sector Challenges

    • The County Governments have not prioritized the issue of Trade, Industrialization and Investment as such they have not been allocating the sector enough resources;
    • Inter-county conflicts on collection of revenues in markets situated at the boarders;
    • Lack of the National Government to involve Counties effectively on issues related to Trade;
    • Multiplicity of Taxes being charged by County Governments has affected the ease of doing business in Counties.

     

    Key lessons from the Committees Cycle (2013-2017)

    • There is need to build county governments capacity on Private Public Partnerships,
    • There is need to operationalize the intergovernmental mechanism in the sectors
    • Regional blocs can play an integral part in inter-county blocs and resource mobilization
    • Public participation in introduction of user fees is important to ensure efficiency in collection of revenue
    • and it is also important when making decisions related to construction of markets to ensure value for money

     

    Priorities and support required from Committee leadership from September, 2017

    • Operationalization of the, intergovernmental forum and National Trade policy in the County Governments
    • Strengthening of the regional blocs
    • Follow up with KenInvest on the development of the Kenya Investments Policy

     

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