Turkana Lodwar, Kenya August, 25 2019 – Turkana County Government has signed an advisory agreement with the World Bank Group’s Kenya Competitiveness Enhancement Program (KCEP) to design and implement business regulation reforms that make it simpler, faster, more efficient and convenient for businesses to start, operate and thrive.  

As part of the Agreement signed yesterday, KCEP will support the Turkana County Government to design and implement an online licensing system that automates the processes and procedures of obtaining a single business permit (SBP). The Agreement also includes support towards the design and development of an investment promotion portal for the Turkana County Government, the review of relevant legal and regulatory framework, capacity building, as well as communication and public awareness, all of which are essential to sustainably deliver on the reforms.

His Excellency Josphat Nanok, Turkana County Governor said: “The advisory signed is a major boost to the County Government’s reform agenda that is geared towards improving the business environment across the county to promote investments. The Electronic Development Applications Management System (E-DAMS) which we aim to develop through this partnership will guide development and quicken application process for business permits and further improve accountability and transparency of the process.”

Sarah Ochieng, World Bank Group’s Kenya Competitiveness Enhancement Program Manager said: “In a competitive business landscape, it has become imperative for counties to innovate and leverage on Information Technology in order to be responsive to the needs of businesses and investors in an efficient and timely manner. Automating Government to Business (G2B) services is one sure way of attracting and retaining businesses by reducing the compliance time and costs and making the processes more transparent.”

KCEP is a four-year program financed by UK Aid, which aims to improve Kenya’s business environment through enhanced efficiency and transparency. KCEP also supports the development of markets in key sectors leading to increased private investment through targeted legal and regulatory improvements at national and sub-national levels. KCEP is being implemented by the World Bank Group’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice.

In addition to Turkana County, KCEP has signed Advisory Agreements with other identified counties in Kenya including Mombasa, Kilifi, Narok and Kajiado.