KEPSA participated in the Cost of Hunger in Africa (COHA) Study- Kenya Kick Off Launch on 14th February 2019 at KICC, Nairobi. The aim of COHA study is to estimate the social and economic costs of child undernutrition and hunger on health status, educational achievement and labor productivity of a country.
In 2014, COHA was endorsed by Heads of African states during the 23rd AU Summit in Equatorial Guinea. The Malabo declaration was made to further commit member state to implement a few essential policy reforms toward ending hunger and reducing poverty in Africa to half by 2025.
The COHA study provides scenario-based analysis that projects saving gained from reducing undernutrition including compelling arguments to support the concept of human capital gain that will help consolidate Africa’s economic expansion.
In Kenya, the study is being implemented by the National Implementation Team composed of members from various sector Ministries which include government agencies, development partners and private sector. The National Implementation Team is coordinated by the National Treasury and Planning.
The specific objectives of the study are to estimate the social and economic impact of child undernutrition in the health, education and labor sectors; to generate evidence that will justify the need to increase investment in nutrition; and to recommend actions to inform and support the concept of human capital gain that will catalyze implementation of Kenya’s Big Four agenda and vision 2030.
The study is expected to be realized in September 2019.
The Multi-Sectoral Initiative Against Corruption (MSIAC) held a high-level consultative meeting with the top leadership of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) on 14th February 2019 at EACC offices. The discussion centered on the initiative’s next steps following the successful National Anti-Corruption Conference that took place on the 24th and 25th of January 2019.
The meeting reviewed the outcomes of the conference, and sought to find further synergy on the way forward in the fight against corruption. Arch. Lee Karuri, Co-Convener of the initiative, elaborated on the initiatives next steps, with the immediate actions being the delivery of the 90 days commitments tabled by each Sector at the conference.
Speaking on behalf of the EACC, His Grace Rtd Arch Bishop Eluid Wabukala agreed that a joint approach between MSIAC and EACC would yield better results in the fight.
KEPSA together with the Government of Kenya hosted a high-level Jewish American Business delegation who visited Kenya to hold discussions with both government and private sector on possible investment opportunities in the country on 12th February 2019 at the Villa Rosa Kempinski Hotel.
While making his welcome remarks during the forum, The KEPSA Chairman, Nick Nesbitt mentioned that KEPSA remains committed to foster strong business relations between Kenyan and USA businesses. He added that KEPSA has worked closely with the American Chamber of Commerce – Kenya, the Corporate Council on Africa and the Business Council for International Understanding (BCIU) to promote trade and investment between Kenya and the USA even in the past. Currently, Kenya continues to be the country of choice for companies seeking to invest in the East and Central Africa region. General Electric (GE), Procter & Gamble, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle, among many others already have regional headquarters here.
Kenya is working closely with its neighbours to unlock access to the 150 million and above consumers in the five East African countries by lowering the barriers to cross-border trade of goods and services through constant engagement with its national and regional regulators. Kenya continues to be the country of choice for companies seeking to invest in East and Central Africa and we have direct flights all over Africa and now even to the United States. Mr. Nesbitt mentioned that KEPSA has invested in creating a business hub, working closely with the Kenya Investment Authority, a one-stop shop for investment information and support for potential investors in Kenya and the regional market.
Director Economic Trade, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Amb. Johnson Weru noted that Kenya is one of those countries that is looked at towards driving trade in the region, adding that, this meeting provided a platform that will assist in following up on commitments that were made during the state visit to the USA by President Kenyatta to meet President Trump.
Central Bank of Kenya Governor, Dr. Patrick Njoroge lightly mentioned that Kenya is like a Rose flower, it has thorns but in the end, it grabs you as witnessed with its robust economy that is resilient and continued to grow by 6.1% during 2018 despite the challenges witnessed by the country. Sectors that grew are services, agriculture, manufacturing as well as tourism that saw 40% recovery due to enhanced security and more organized tour packages.
KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Kariuki during the closing wrapped up by reassuring the investors of Kenya’s safety adding that Kenya is a peaceful heaven for investment as well as a gateway into the region.
KEPSA participated in a workshop on Kenya Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) held at the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), Nairobi on 12th February 2019. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Irrigation (MOALFI) Climate Change Unit in partnership with Biovision Foundation and Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).
The objective of the workshop was to inform participants of the proposed Multi-Stakeholder Platform (MSP) for Climate Smart Agriculture as well as gather feedback on its objectives, activities and membership.
During the meeting participants were briefed on the various facets of Climate Smart Agriculture, approaches, systems and policies adopted in Kenya and globally as well as the MSP concept. It was noted that the goal of the MSP is to promote an inclusive institutional framework for coordination and harmonization of CSA implementation while fostering an enabling environment for the realization of CSA objectives. The platform will establish partnerships among state and non-state actors at both levels of Government in areas of CSA research-extension-farmer liaison and funding, policy prioritization and advocacy, programmatic planning and implementation, institutional capacities development as well as data collection, information management and dissemination.
The objectives of the MSP include: Supporting the profiling of CSA actions and interventions in the country; Strengthening capacities of institutions in planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation and reporting of CSA across stakeholders at all levels; Identifying opportunities for investment in CSA and mobilizing resources for implementation; and Supporting gathering of data to build evidence base for decision making and policy development.
During the forum participants reviewed the objectives and activities of the proposed MSP and also took an initial stock of CSA initiatives currently being undertaken in Kenya. Participants recommended an expansion of the MSP steering committee to accommodate more members in addition to an inter-ministerial coordination mechanism to address overlaps and duplication of mandates.
In attendance were participants drawn from the Government, private sector, local and international NGOs as well as research and academic institutions.
On 12 February 2019, KEPSA Launched the Private sector report on Countering Violent Extremism at a Nairobi Hotel. The report dubbed ‘Understanding the Impact of Violent Extremism on Kenya’s Private Sector’ benefitted from data collected from private sector in Garissa, Mombasa and Nairobi Counties. The report captures the destructive nature of violent extremism activities and recommend on approaches that can be engaged with the private sector to Counter Violent extremism.
The report was officially launched by the Amb. Nelson Kimani, Director General, National Counter Terrorism Centre assisted by the Mr. Silvanus Sewe, the Chair of the KEPSA Security Sector Board, Mr. Stephen Brager, Office Chief-Democracy, Governance and Conflict, U.S Agency for International Development, Mr. Joe Wanjoi, and Mr. Karanja Kabage.
The launch was attended by participants from private sector members, civil society, development partners and media.
Click on the link to access the full report: https://kepsa.or.ke/download/understanding-the-impact-of-violent-extremism-on-kenyas-private-sector-4th-feb-2019/?wpdmdl=21576