On 8th May, 2018, the Gender and Youth Sector Board held its monthly meeting whose objective was to deliberate on the sector proposals towards the Big Four Agenda.
The Gender and Youth Sector Board Chair, Ms. Eva Muraya, emphasized on the need for the sector to align itself with the government’s agenda. She said after the courtesy call to the Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Margaret Kobia, there is need to strengthen engagement to ensure collaboration in addressing concerns raised. Additionally, she noted that, since the Ministry was keen to focus on Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), the sector board should reach out to BMOs that represent MSMEs for inclusion in the board.
As a follow up of the Implementation of the Business Registration Services Act, which provides for a one-stop shop for registration of businesses, members reported inconsistencies in service provision during their visits. Corruption was raised as one of the catalyzing reasons for poor experiences. It was agreed that as part of continued engagement with the Ministry of Public Services, Youth and Gender affairs, the issue of inconsistencies in service delivery will be raised with the Chief Administrative Secretary, Hon. Rachel Shebesh.
The members present reiterated that on Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPO), there are continued challenges surrounding the engagement of youth and women in the government procurement opportunities. The Gender and Youth Sector board Vice Chair, Ms. Jane Kagiri was appointed in a task team mandated to evaluate AGPO challenges and develop recommendations for its effectiveness.
The Sector board agreed to forge strategic partnerships with like-minded partners and stakeholders in the bid to push this agenda forth.