On 6th September 2019, KEPSA hosted the first meeting of a series of countrywide consultative meetings with businesses on the Draft National Policy to support enhancement of County Governments Own Source Revenue 2019 and the County Governments (Revenue Raising Process) Bill 2018 at Intercontinental Hotel Nairobi.
The meetings are aimed at gathering private sector views on the draft Bill and Policy which will form part of KEPSA submission to enrich the two documents which are crucial to addressing the issues business continue to face in the counties such as multiplicity of fees, levies and charges, arbitrary changes in regulations, double taxation, and administrative inefficiencies, among other challenges that affect Sub-National Ease of Doing Business, Investment and trade across the counties.
The new law, whose development began in 2015 aims to bring clarity on which taxes and fees counties will be authorized to collect to avoid duplication and encumbering national economic policies, economic activities across county boundaries or the national mobility of goods, services, capital or labour.
During the forum, participants urged the KEPSA team that was led by KEPSA Head of Policy Research Analysis and Public-Private Dialogue, Mr. Victor Ogalo, to analyse the charges by different counties that affect businesses. The KEPSA team informed the participants that businesses would need to forward their issues/concerns to KEPSA to facilitate the analysis.
The next forums were scheduled to be held in Kisumu, Nakuru, Nyeri and Mombasa on 9th, 10th, 11th and 16th September 2019 respectively, drawing participants from the neighbouring counties.