Brief on County Business Environment for MSEs (CBEM) Dissemination Workshop in West Pokot
On 14th February 2020, the Private Sector and Development Department (PSDD) held a dissemination workshop on the flagship study on ‘Business Environment for MSEs’ across counties at Kalya Hotel, Makutano West Pokot. The focus was to disseminate the report as well as the policy brief for West Pokot County.
While presenting the findings of the study, Mr. Rodgers Musamali (Policy Analyst, PSDD) highlighted the importance of the MSE sector to the economy in terms of employment creation and income generation. To that effect, it was imperative for key issues that require policy interventions to be elucidated in order to create an enabling environment for the sector, which makes the CBEM framework important. Dr Moses Njenga (HOD, PSDD) moderated the session.
In attendance was the County Secretary Mr. John Karamunya, West Pokot who officially opened the workshop. In his remarks, he noted that the government was an enabler in terms of creating a conducive environment, West Pokot County was committed to this function. He encouraged MSEs to formalize hence pay their rightful share of taxes but also demand services from the County government. Institutions present at the forum included; MSE associations, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Micro and Small Enterprise Authority, Ortum Farmers’ Co-operative society, Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), County Government as well as National Government officers dealing with trade, and proprietors of businesses, among others.
Mr.John Karamunya County Secretary West Pokot
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis is undertaking a training on Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting as part of its capacity building to officials from various government institutions. The five-day training started on Monday 17th of February and will end on Friday 21st of February 2020. The training takes place in Kisumu.
A group session during the Macromodelling and Forecasting Training in Kisumu
On 14th February,KIPPRA Board members ,Executive Director and KIPPRA National Values Committee visited St.Francis School for the visiaully impaired in West Pokot-Kapenguria. We were able to have a comprehensive day where KIPPRA met the board members for both primary and highschool and the headteacher and principal for both schools were able to air out challenges faced at the school and share accomplishments by the students,on the day we were able to meet one of the students who KIPPRA sponsored for his trip to Morroco to attend a marathon which he had qualified for.
Group Photo of the KIPPRA Board and Students after being awarded with certificates of participation
On the 13th of February 2020, the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis held the KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities at the University of Eldoret. The theme of the event was the Big Four Agenda. The One-day event saw the likes of National Youth Council, Kenya Vision 2030, Youth Enterprise Development Fund, National Cohesion and values, SME Support Centre and Youth Programs and Liaison in attendance and making presentations to the youth at the event.
KIPPRA marked the World Cancer Day on 4th February 2020 with a series of health awareness activities. This year's theme, I am I will, was a call for individuals to take part in the fight against cancer and for all to work towards getting a solution to eradicate the disease.
KIPPRA's Board Chair Dr. Linda Musumba(third from left) launching the Global Go-To-Think Tank 2019 Index Report report
KIPPRA got an opportunity to launch the 14th Global Go-To Think Tanks Index report on 30th January 2020. The annual report ranked KIPPRA fifth in Sub-Saharan Africa, an improvement from position six last year. The Institute also improved in the worldwide, non-US category where it was ranked 127th compared to last year’s 135th.
In attendance at the launch was the KIPPRA team lead by the Board Chair Dr Linda Musumba and Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi. Partner organizations were also represented during the launch. They include: Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), The African Centre for people, Institutions and Society (ACEPIS), KEMRI-Well Come Trust, Kenya Agriclutrual & Livestock Research (KALRO), National Commission for Science ,Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), Tegemeo Institute of Agricultural policy and Development, The Institute for Social Accountability (TISA), Horn International Institue for Strategic studies, African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), International Development Research Centre(IDRC), African Institute for Capacity Development (AICAD) and National Crime Research Centre (NCRC).
On the 28th of January 2020, the Executive Director of the Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA), Dr. Rose Ngugi, paid a courtesy call to Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) to explore possible collaboration and partnership.
Currently, KIPPRA's focus is to inform the Big Four Agenda by undertaking research, policy analysis and capacity building projects. Given TMEA’s role in transforming trade through increased physical access to markets, enhanced trade environment and improved business competitiveness, KIPPRA would benefit from a partnership, especially in policy research and analysis relating to the manufacturing and private sector.
Trainees at the PPMP Training in Pride Inn Mombasa
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis(KIPPRA) undertook a Public Policy Making Process Training(PPMP) from the 20th to the 24th of January 2020 in Pride Inn Hotel, Mombasa. The participants of the training were officials from Retirement Benefits Authority(RBA), Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority(EPRA), county officials from Samburu, Kajiado, Makueni and Kilifi.
The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) undertook a Macroeconomic Modelling and Forecasting training from the 13th to the 17th of January 2020 at Kyusombunguo Hotel, Wote – Makueni County.