The Transport and Infrastructure Sector board held its end of year meeting on 14th December, 2018 at the KEPSA offices. The purpose of the meeting was to review key achievements and pending issues of the sector board.
The sector board Chair, Mr. Auni Bhaiji, appreciated the members for their support throughout the year. He highlighted how the year had started with the operationalization of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) cargo transport. He also observed that there has been a drive by the Government of Kenya to implement a paperless system in the transport sector, notably within the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Trade Network Agency (KenTrade) and National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA).
Mr. Bhaiji noted that the transport sector had several engagements which had culminated in the following achievements:
- The Draft Motor Vehicles Inspection Regulations have been approved by Cabinet. If this act is approved by parliament, it will give the private sector an opportunity to establish Inspection Centers as per the regulations. Most of private sector input was included.
- The Kenya Airports Authority developed a Passenger Service Charter for Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA). The Service Charter will help improve services in JKIA as the first place of contact with investors and tourists.
- Road maintenance is ongoing in Nairobi County. This has reduced the cost of doing business by reducing travel cost and time.
- Operationalization of the SGR cargo services that will ensure cost effectiveness in cargo transport from Mombasa to Nairobi especially when the current inefficiency is sorted out.
There also pending issues that the sector board is keen to fast-track which include: Enactment of the NAMATA Bill; Efficiency of the SGR cargo transport to reduce the high cost of doing business; Development of air Cargo Service Charter to enhance the industry; Establishment of a Transport Institute; and Overhaul of the traffic Act to include the new developments and technology in the transport sector.
Mr. Bhaiji concluded by recognizing the sector board members’ participation towards the growth of the transport and infrastructure sector to ensure Kenya becomes the Logistic hub of the region.