KEPSA Deputy CEO, Ms. Rachel Muthoga, hosted a Government of Uganda Study mission led by Mr. James Kaweesi of the Uganda Ministry of Water and Environment for an assignment on mainstreaming private sector in climate change and budgeting. The objective of the meeting was to allow the Ugandan Mission pick on best practices from the Kenyan private sector on the development of national climate change action plan and the engagement of private sector in implementation of climate actions, as well as private sector involvement in Climate Change Budgeting and Tracking Code (CCBC).
According to Mr. James Kaweeri – Ministry of Water and Environment –Uganda, sustainable economic development cannot be achieved without addressing climate change issues. While highlighting on the role of Sector Boards and the established Public Private Dialogue Engagements at KEPSA, Ms. Muthoga, noted that the regular engagements, have seen the private sector make significant contributions to the country’s development agenda especially the third Medium Term (MTPIII) that mainstreams climate change and sustainable development in the national agenda. As a taskforce member, KEPSA contributed to the development of the first National Climate Change Action Plan 2013 – 2017, which our CEO, Ms. Carole Kariuki was a member of the Taskforce. The key accomplishment of the first NCCAP was the enactment of the Climate Change Act 2016.
Ms. Faith Ngige, the KEPSA representative in the Taskforce for the Development of the Second National Climate Change Action Plan 2018 – 2022, highlighted the role played by KEPSA policy and legal framework in addressing climate change in Kenya. The Climate Change Act, 2016 is the guiding legislation that provides for an enhancing response to climate change and promotes mainstreaming of private sector actions towards a low carbon climate resilient development pathway. The law also creates the National Climate Change Council as the overarching national climate change coordination mechanism for the country. KEPSA sits at the National Climate Change Council as the representative of private sector organizations’.
The Private Sector and Ministry of Environment and Forestry Development of the Climate Change Directorate and LECRED-(Low Emissions and Climate Resilience Development) developed the Private sector coordination framework for the implementation of the Second National Climate Change Action Plan (2018 – 2022) in June and September 2018. The frameworks mainstreams participation of the private sector in addressing climate change in the country as well as development of a coordinated framework for monitoring, tracking and reporting implementation of the plan.
Private sector also participated in the development of the training manual on the Climate Finance Budgeting and Expenditure Tracking to ensure projects and finances are traceable and reported under various government arms and private sector. Section 8 of the module captures the role of private sector in and tracking of financing under the private sector ambit.
Mr. Michael Koech, the Environment and Climate Change Manager of Safaricom also highlighted how private sector in Kenya has mainstreamed implementation of climate change actions in business using the sustainable development goals approach. In particular the goal on sustainable energy, sustainable consumption and production and climate change. Key areas include initiatives for adopting clean energy, carbon offsetting through plating of trees, circular economy for waste management and being part of delegation to the Conference of Parties negotiations and preparation of Kenya’s position
The Climate Finance Advisor and the Green Climate Fund National Designate Authority (NDA), of the National Treasury and Director, GKIT. Mr Peter Oluoch Odhengo, expounded that there are three modules currently of the climate finance budgeting and expenditure tracking training manual , and will eventually feed into certificate, diploma, degree and eventually PhD level on climate financing and budgeting. The National Treasury and Planning will be rolling out a capacity building program to train stakeholders including private sector.
As a way forward, it was agreed that continued engagement and partnerships from the Kenyan Private Sector would be fostered to ensure there is realization of positive strides towards climate finance tagging, budgeting and tracking in Uganda gearing towards South to South experience sharing. There exists opportunities of enhancing peer-to-peer learning of private in Uganda and Kenya private sector and such exchange programs will be organized going forward.
The Uganda delegation included representatives from Ministry of Finance of Uganda, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Ministry of Works and Transport, National Planning Authority and GIZ – Uganda.