KEPSA is the private sector apex and umbrella body set up in 2003, to bring together business community in a single voice to engage and influence public policy for an enabling business environment. The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) is a limited liability membership organization.
With current membership of over 100,000 direct and indirect members organised through Business Membership Organizations and Corporate members, KEPSA is a key player in championing the interests of the Kenyan business community in trade, investment and industrial relations.
KEPSA’s Vision is to be a world class private sector apex body. The primary Mission is to ensure year- on- year improvement in the overall business environment for Kenya by working together with the Government and other stakeholders.
The Mission is driven by the organization’s business strategy. The strategy’s main objective is the pursuit of an enabling business environment over the next five years by ensuring a year-on-year improvement in three key global business rankings:
- Ease of Doing Business Index (World Bank)
- Global Competitiveness Index (World Economic Forum)
- Bribery Index (Transparency International)
As per the strategy, we expect to facilitate KEPSA’s work towards steering the country on the road to improved performance that will see the country’s ranking on the Ease of Doing Business Index move from the current position of 136 (as at 2014) to 50 and below in the next five years.
The National Business Agenda (NBA)
The National Business Agenda (NBA) developed in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 second Medium Term Plan and the KEPSA Business Strategy (2014-2018) guides KEPSA’s advocacy work. The NBA has a five-year implementation period and stipulates the core cross-cutting issues, aligned to the overall goals of the National Vision 2030 that KEPSA wishes to pursue on behalf of businesses with the government.
The present NBA-II (2013-2018) is constructed into five broad thematic areas of: Governance and Business Regulatory Environment; Upgrading Security; Infrastructure Development; Enhancing Trade and Investment; and Promoting Human Capital Development and Entrepreneurship.
Under the watch of KEPSA, the private sector in Kenya is vibrant, competitive and innovative playing an increasingly vital role in sustainable and inclusive economic growth towards the realization of vision 2030.
As the collective voice of the private sector in Kenya, KEPSA serves as a bridge between the business community and government in creating and enhancing a conducive business environment
KEPSA’s has played critical roles in business; economic and political reforms. Some of the KEPSA’s role in business reforms i.e. Public-Private Dialogues for business reforms (policy, legislative and institutional reforms) include: Presidential Round Tables (PRTs); Ministerial Stakeholder Forums (MSFs); Speaker’s Round Table: both Senate and National Assembly; Council of Governors Round Table; Chief Justice Forum; and, Attorney General’s forum.
On the economic and political reforms, KEPSA has participated in the Economic Recovery Strategy (2003); Private Sector Development Strategy (PSDS) (2006 – 2010); Vision 2030 & Medium Term Plans; Peace building initiatives particularly in the 2008 Post Election Violence through “Mkenya Daima” Campaign; Development of Constitution 2010; and, Engagement in the constitution implementation process
Phases of KEPSA
- In the first, Formation phase (2003-2007): the focus of the alliance was on emphasizing the role of the private sector as the engine of economic growth and to drive economic transformation of the country. Together with the public sector, Kenya’s economy grew from -2.1% in 2002 to 7.0% in 2007.
- In the second phase, Transition phase (2007-2008), KEPSA concentrated on dialogue, arbitration and reconciliation of the political class after the disputed 2007 general elections leading to formation of government of national unity.
- The third phase of evolution was Transformation phase (2008-2012): The emphasis of the alliance was on:
- Strengthening and institutionalization of Public-Private Dialogue;
- Development of the first National Business Agenda (2008-2012);
- Championing the campaign for the promulgation of the Constitution of Kenya 2010;
- Driving the economic pillar of Vision 2030;
- Enhancing partnerships with Development Partners in the area of trade & investment, social-economic development, private sector development and governance programmes; and
- Championing campaign for peaceful 2013 elections.
- The fourth phase is Growth and Sustainability phase (2012 & beyond)