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The Council of County Governors (COG) is a non-partisan organization established under Section 19 of the Intergovernmental Relations Act (IGRA 2012). The Council of Governors  comprises of the Governors of the forty-seven Counties. main functions are the promotion of visionary leadership; sharing of best practices and; offer a collective voice on policy issues; promote inter – county consultations; encourage and initiate information sharing on the performance of County Governments with regard to the execution of their functions; collective consultation on matters of interest to County Governments.

What We Do

COG provides a mechanism for consultation amongst County Governments, share information on performance of the counties in execution of their functions, facilitate capacity building for Governors, and consider reports from other intergovernmental forums on national and county interests amongst other functions (Section 20).

Our Mission

Benchmark of excellence in devolution that is non-partisan; providing a supporting pillar for County Government as a platform for consultation, information sharing,capacity building, performance management  and dispute resolution.

Our Vision

To have Prosperous and Democratic Counties delivering services to every Kenyan

Our Values

Professionalism, Independence, Equality and Equity, Cooperation, Visionary.

Our Motto

48 Governments, 1 Nation

PRESS STATEMENT ON COUNTY GOVERNMENTS RESPONSE MEASURES TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

7th July, 2021

Chairman CoG2019

Today, I wish to commence this weekly address by appreciating the effort by the National Treasury in disbursing the outstanding balance of the equitable share of revenue to County Governments.
I therefore wish to confirm that the approved total Equitable share of revenue amounting to Kshs.316.5 Billion allocated to County Governments for the Financial Year 2020/2021 is now fully disbursed. Additionally, Conditional Grants amounting to Kshs.38.3 Billion have been disbursed.
As a result of the release of these funds, County Governments are prioritizing the following:
i. Payment of pending bills;

ii. Payment of salaries for County staff; and

iii. Scaling up interventions towards the fight against COVID-19
On this note, County Governments have resources to respond to COVID-19. We however call upon the National Government to consider additional support to Counties within the Lake Region Economic Bloc (13) who have the highest disease burden at the moment.
Further, I wish to note that the new Covid-19 Delta variant is deadly and in some instances, it presents no symptoms. Therefore, we must all be careful and continue to take all the necessary caution.

Having said that, in the last one and a half weeks, forty three (43) County Governments have addressed themselves to the following critical issues:-

 

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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

     

    Press Statement: Update on County Governments' Preparedness & response to COVID19 - 14th April, 2021

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