In mid-July the Hub and Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) partnered with the State Department of East African Integration to host a two-day retreat of the Kenya National Implementation Committee (NIC) of the East Africa Community (EAC) Common Market Protocol (CMP). The NIC retreat was conducted under the theme of “Strengthening the NIC and Enhancing Private Sector Participation in the NIC”. The main objective of the retreat was to advocate for faster implementation of EAC Common Market Protocol by disseminating information on the benefits of the EAC Common Market Protocol and to provide for greater private sector participation in its implementation mechanisms.
KEPSA commissioned a study to analyze the effectiveness of the Committees and Sector Working groups supporting Common Market Implementation in Kenya, and interrogated the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats around the NIC.The retreat reviewed the findings of the report and developed recommendations for implementation to strengthen the NIC and improve its effectiveness.The retreat acknowledged the importance of the NIC in the implementation of the Common Market Protocol, and recognised the urgency of enhancing its capacity to fulfil its mandate. The retreat made recommendations to the NIC, key among them the formation of NIC Sub-Committees and the development of a NIC accountability tool that will strengthen the monitoring and evaluation by the NIC of the implementation of the Common Market Protocol.
The retreat was attended by amongst others Ms. Betty Maina, Principal Secretary, State Department of East African Community Integration, Mr. Alfred K’Ombudo, Hub's Common Market Implementation Coordinator and the Chair and members of the NIC representing various government implementing agencies.
A broad representation of the private sector joined in the retreat including the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA), Kenya IT & Outsourcing Services (KITOS), The Shippers Council of Eastern Africa (SCEA), the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) and the Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF).
The Hub is supporting Kenya's private sector, particularly Kenya Private Sector Alliance, to identify and accelerate the necessary reforms that will create new private sector opportunities and grow the economy. Get more info on KEPSA's website here .