KEPSA held a members’ end year get-together on 11th December 2020 to access the year-long progress and celebrate the advocacy wins. The event, which was hosted virtually, was graced by the Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Dr. Mukhisa Kituyi, EGH.
Speaking during the event, KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Karuga acknowledged the support of all KEPSA members despite 2020 being a tough year. She also said that the pandemic made it clear on the need to plan differently, bearing in mind that things could change and always think of how to adapt to a new world. “The world has changed forever in many ways but we will take it by stride and adapt to it. We have a lot of things to deal with as we see what will be happening economically and learn from one another and other parts of the world,” Remarked Ms. Karuga.
The KEPSA Chair, Ms. Nik Nesbitt noted that the year 2020 has been extremely challenging, adding that he was glad to see businesses displaying ingenuity in their response to the pandemic, right from the transformation in the aviation industry to the horticulture sector. He urged members to be extra careful by monitoring their movements keenly and avoiding large family gatherings during the festive season.
The guest speaker, Dr. Kituyi said that there was a need for more regional integration and making Kenya a phenomenal across the continent as a trade and tourism hub. Locally, he pointed out the uncoordinated levies between counties as one of the challenges that needed to be addressed. “Kenya is a unique place where a lot of the strength of the country is driven by enterprise but the enterprise does not take the central role in discussing the Kenya we want politically,” He said.
While presenting on the key achievements of the year, KEPSA Head of Policy Research & Analysis and Public-Private Dialogue, Mr. Victor Ogalo noted that most of the engagements KEPSA had on Covid-19 Response, were instrumental in the government’s decisions on the economic recovery process. Mr. Ogalo revealed that from the KEPSA survey that was conducted in May 2020, several businesses reported having benefitted from various Covid- driven stimuli measures.