Towards forging a greater interface between the public and the private sector, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the voice of the private sector in Kenya, has established mechanisms on high-level policy dialogue that it engages with the government such as the Presidential Round table (PRT), the Ministerial Stakeholders Forums (MSFs), the Speaker’s Round Table, the Judiciary Forum and the Council of Governors Forum among other engagements.
On 2nd April 2014, the private sector held its first KEPSA – Council of Governors’ Forum (COGs) in Leisure Lodge Resort, Diani, Kwale County. This was a consultative meeting between KEPSA and the Council of Governors convened at the start of the 1st Annual Devolution Conference.
During the consultative meeting, the progress achieved during the first year of devolved government was reviewed. Specifically, the forum deliberated on the challenges and opportunities for Private Sector investment and engagement in the Counties. It further provided the private sector the opportunity to understand the investment opportunities/climate in the counties and also identified areas of improving the business and investment climate in Kenya.
The forum provided a platform of dialogue and stocktaking on devolution besides establishing mechanisms for better interaction and coordination between the Private Sector and Council of Governors. This engagement, built upon other established mechanisms on high-level policy dialogue that KEPSA has through frameworks such as the Presidential Roundtable (PRT), the Ministerial Stakeholders Forum (MSF), the Speaker’s Round Table (SRT) and the Judiciary Forum.
It was noted that there was a broad consensus on the need to bridge understanding between the County Governments and KEPSA on cooperation and to create synergies to support investment and development initiatives in the Counties anchored on partnership and collaboration.
As a way forward, the council of governors proposed that a meeting be held between the Council of Governors’ secretariat and KEPSA’s secretariat to iron out the issues discussed and to set out the timelines for addressing the issues in order to help monitor progress of engagement and address of issues raised during the meeting.
This was the first consultative meeting which going forward, will be held annually.
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