Cooperatives & Enterprise Development

Background (Role of committee)

The Cooperatives committee was constituted to consider all matters relating to cooperatives development and regulations. The committees’ mandate revolves around;

  • Review and develop memorandums on current Bills before National Assembly and Senate relating to Cooperatives;
  • Review and Coordinate Counties position on National policies relating to Cooperatives
  • Coordinate any matter relating to Cooperatives at intergovernmental level;
  • To coordinate and harmonize the Council’s position on matters of Cooperatives relations between the two levels of government;

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


Approach to undertaking Committee’s business

The committee functions through: -

  • Stakeholder approach through instituting sectoral forum for County Governments officers in charge of Cooperatives;
  • Operationalize the intergovernmental mechanism on Cooperatives to assist Counties achieve their objective of Cooperative development
  • Sharing of best practices among County Governments in the sector.


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

  • Operationalization of the Intergovernmental sectoral forum on Cooperatives,
  • Coordinate County Governments input in the draft Cooperatives Policy that is being spearheaded by the State Department of Cooperatives,
  • Assist Counties in domestication of the Draft Model County Cooperatives policy.


Impact/Breakthroughs/Key Achievements

  • Data collection in the sector on the successes made after devolution by the County Governments;
  • Developed a County Model law on Cooperatives which has been domesticated by some Counties.

Opportunities that the Committee Offers

The Committee offers the County Governments with a good opportunity to present matters that affect Counties on matters related to Cooperatives development. The State Department of Cooperatives is currently spearheading the development of a Cooperatives Policy which outline the strategy in the development the sector.


  • 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 Cooperatives to share on matters related to the sector.
  • Current Sector Challenges (issue statement)

  • Lack of a National Cooperatives Legal and Policy framework to guide the sector;
  • The Co-operative Societies Act and the SACCO Societies Act does not provide for the functions of the devolved system of Government;
  • Intergovernmental conflicts on matters related to Cooperatives sector example include in the Coffee Sector
  • Key lessons from the Committees Cycle (2013-2017)

  • There is need to operationalize the intergovernmental mechanism in the sectors;
  • Need to develop and finalize the National Legislation and Policy respectively for the sector;
  • Build linkage with the State Department of Cooperatives on regulation of the sector to avoid instances of brief case Cooperatives.

    Priorities and support required from Committee leadership from Sep 2017

  • Operationalization of the Cooperative intergovernmental forum
  • Finalization of the draft Cooperatives Policy

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