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A Pakistani delegation, led by the Pakistan High Commissioner to Kenya H.E Rafiuzzaman Siddiqu, visited the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) on May 21, 2015. The team of 17 senior officers from universities and the public and private sector held discussions with the management at the Institute. The purpose of their visit was to learn the role of KIPPRA in national development.
The acting Executive Director, Dr Dickson Khainga, made a presentation on the Institute’s mandate and core functions after which the guests sought specific clarifications on the KIPPRA’s various roles.
Among the things they wanted to know included how the Institute maintains its autonomy and yet continues to receive financial support from government. In response to this, Dr Khainga explained that KIPRPA had put in place structures to ensure quality and objective evidence-based public policy research is carried out in accordance with the Institute’s mission.
The officials also wanted to know how KIPPRA had adapted to the devolved system of governance at national and county levels. In response Dr Khainga explained that although KIPPRA did not have the capacity to engage in policy research in all counties, it was involved in capacity building through trainings of various county officials. The guests were briefed on various researches conducted by the Institute on specific issues that affect counties, such as taming the rising public wage bill and implications of various taxes imposed by county governments on businesses in Kenya.
The team also wanted to know the extent to which KIPPRA is involved in regional trade issues. In response, the head of Trade and Foreign Policy division at the Institute, Dr Augustus Muluvi, indicated that KIPPRA had conducted a number of studies on the dynamics of trade in the East African Community and the COMMESA region.
The group was also keen to know what KIPPRA was doing regarding security threats affecting the country, especially in regards to the Al Shabaab attacks. In response, the visiting team was informed that the wave of insecurity was an emerging phenomenon and little research had been undertaken to this end and that it was an area worth focusing on.

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