Thursday, 25 January 2018 08:14

EXPANDING INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS IN TRADE

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As part of his first official duties as the Chairman, Trade Committee, H.E Wycliffe Wangamati today made a courtesy call to the Principal Secretary (PS), State Department of Trade Dr. Chris Kiptoo to discuss future engagements between the Department and County Governments. Speaking during the meeting H.E Wangamati acknowledged the fact that trade is one of the core pillars of the Kenyan economy and one of the key factors that has earned the country major partnerships both locally and internationally with various stakeholders. He also noted that the current County administrators are keen on ensuring that the trade sector improves both in service delivery and revenue generation to benefit the County Governments and locals.
Dr. Kiptoo indicated that the State Department of Trade has enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Council of Governors and the County Governments. He appreciated the role that County governments played in the development of the trade E-portal. The portal he noted was significant for Counties to market their products and showcase the quantities of commodities available within their regions. “It equally projects investment opportunities, thus moving forward, this partnership will be useful in getting real-time data on trade and investment from the counties.” Dr. Kiptoo said.
In his projection for the department’s future plans, Dr. Kiptoo alluded to plans of organizing bi-annual conference for the sector. In the meeting, all players and actors in trade will discuss pertinent issues affecting the sector and propose measures for the growth to enable the country become a “Middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030.”
Both parties agreed to work in consultation with each other to ensure that issues relating to the trade sector are well addressed. In recognition of the fact that trade is an economic enabler, the Council of Governors has proposed to host a trade sector meeting in the upcoming 5th Devolution Conference.

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