Minister of Trade , Gender and Youth Affairs
Rosemary Nchiyei Paringiro
The Ministry of Trade, Gender and Youth Affairs is one of the ten ministries in the County government mandated to execute and implement the activities that are geared towards improving the socio-economic development of Turkana people. As a ministry, our mission is to be a leader in spearheading a vibrant trade and sustainable tourism that is participatory and conducive, as this will be an avenue for poverty reduction and socio-economic wellbeing of the business community. Our dream is to scale to the heights of making Turkana a business hub where investors –both local and international, can invest and create wealth and employment opportunities to the people of Turkana and the region at large.
To be a leading agent for globally competitive tourism, trade and industrialization sector
To promote and facilitate a sustainable and vibrant tourism, trade and industrialization sector for socio-economic development.
- STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES/ MANDATE
- MINISTRY’S ACHIEVEMENTS
- DEPARTMENTS IN THE MINISTRY
- To improve per capita income.
- To increase access to affordable credit.
- To improve the living standards of the people in the county.
- To attract, retain and continuously increase the number of tourists visiting Turkana County’s tourist and cultural attractions.
- To establish and empower Turkana County Tourism and Cultural Association to help coordinate stakeholder engagements.
- To strengthen and facilitate the integration of culture and arts into tourism.
- To continuously increase multi-media marketing and promotion campaigns of Turkana Cultural and tourist attractions.
- To champion and increase public awareness on economic benefits of tourism attraction sites across the county.
- To enhance the socio-economic growth, development and general emancipation of the Turkana people.
- To improve per capita income through development of indigenous SMEs by offering credit financing to 3000 small business start-ups.
- To further develop physical market infrastructure, explore local, regional and international market for products and services.
- To facilitate the increase of investors into Turkana County by formulating supportive legislative framework for their businesses.
- To increase the number of performing Cooperative societies by offering financial and technical support and widen the membership base.
- To increase access to management and leadership training for cooperative movements’ leaders and members.
- To increase the number of businesses and traders accessing quality legal metrology services (verification and inspection of weighing and measuring equipment).
- To enhance capacity building of traders and businesses through provision of business development and training services.
- To increase the number of licensed businesses and promotion of free and fair trading practices across the county to guarantee consumer protection by uniformly enforcing relevant legislation.
- To increase the number of public private partnership in establishing industrial projects and concerns to spur greater economic growth and development across the county.
- To gather, collate and consolidate business opportunities and information intelligence across the county and make this easily available to potential investors.
- To facilitate trade and investment fairs, exhibitions and expos locally, regionally and internationally and coordinating stakeholders’ strategic linkages.
- The ministry has conducted several enterprise development trainings for business community in 25 wards within the larger Turkana County.
- The ministry has also conducted 2 cross border trade engagements with the neighboring countries of Uganda and Ethiopia and this has seen good trade relations with the neighboring countries
- The ministry has facilitated the development of 23 business producer groups and two of these groups participated in the export promotion council export in Eldoret, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
- Seven (7) modern physical markets infrastructure have been built across the county in the following areas- Lokori, Kalemung’orok, Katilu, Nakurio, Turkwel, Kalokol and Lowareng’ak
- The ministry is also refurbishing the inherited market stalls from both the national government and the defunct municipal council and this enlist Lodwar markets, Lokiriama, Lokichar, and Kakuma
- In the wake to promote trade and investment – the ministry will be having the 1st ever Trade fair and investment conference in October 2015 at Ekales Center in Lodwar town
- In the bid to increase the hotel/bed capacity for tourism promotion the ministry has constructed 2 eco-lodges with the bed capacity of 80 at Kainuk in South Turkana National Reserve and Kataboi in Turkana North along the beaches of Lake Turkana. The two facilities will create employment opportunities for about 200 young people
- In conjunction with the Ministry of Education, Social services and Culture, the ministry is hosting the second annual Tourism and cultural event – Tobong’u Lore 2015 at Ekales center as from 27 – 30/08/2015. The purpose of this annual event is to celebrate the unique Turkana culture and to usher in tourists to the home of mankind to shake hands with their ancestors –The Turkana. In 2014, an estimated 200,000 attended the festival with over 60 million viewers following the event live on TV and online both in Kenya and abroad. The festival was rated the best in Kenya by Kenya Tourist Board (KTB) and other tourism stakeholders.
- Tourism in Turkana has been marketed both locally and internationally. This is aimed at making Turkana the preferred tourism destination worldwide and regionally – the marketing was done in big international tourism expos such as Berlin, Excel London, China, Singapore and Las Vegas in the USA. The impact of this marketing saw the coming of Eastern Europe Tour Operators to Turkana in the month of June 2015. The same have confirmed their attendance in the upcoming second edition of tourism and cultural event – Tobong’u lore 2015 and also be sending tourists to Turkana land.
- In collaboration with the Kenya Utalii college and Tourism fund, the ministry trained 76 personnel in the hospitality industrial in the bid to improve customer care and quality service in the sector.
- The ministry participated in the several Meetings Incentives, Conference and Exhibitions (MICE) this is a product of KICC that aims at decentralizing meeting and conference to Counties. Turkana has been identified by KICC to be a beneficiary of this product and has an MOU with the later.
- Formation of Turkana Tourism and Cultural Association that has seen coordination of tour operators within Turkana County to provide quality service to the Tourist visiting Turkana.
- Formation of County Tourism website that has greatly helped in the marketing and promotion of Turkana Tourism products. Through these, Tourists have been able to get timely information on Tourism products and services in the County.
- The Ministry initiated a pilot project of the Turkwood film project, this is to promote and market Turkana has world film shooting spot-where film makers can shoot documentaries, and movies given the spectacular beautiful sceneries.
- The Ministry has extensively done the profiling of Tourism attraction sites, accommodation, tour operators, and other auxiliary services. This is geared towards production of Turkana County Tourism Directory.
- The Ministry through its weights and measures department has continuously been doing verification of weighing and measuring equipment in all the wards and business centers in the entire Turkana County. This is to ensure that the accuracy of the same is maintained for the purposes of consumer protection and fair trade practices.
- The weights and measures department has procured mass and volumetric standards for verifying, measuring and weighing purposes.
- The Ministry has revived 3 co-operative societies namely Loyopo SACCO, Turkana Fishermen and Katilu farmers. In Loyopo members have started savings activities again so as to lend to their members despite having been dormant for a long time. Turkana fishermen members are reorganizing the operations of the society to recover from many years of dormancy. Revival meetings were held at Kaptir and Lokichaggio to revive the two societies
- The Ministry has registered 4 new co-operative societies namely; Turkana County Sacco which will accord staff working in Turkana and the business community an opportunity to save and get cheap credit, Lokipetot irrigation farmers in Lodwar township, Kanana irrigation farmers in Turkana south, Atoduko Lobokat sacco in Lobokat ward. There is increased awareness on the role and importance of co-operative societies by the residents of Turkana County. This has developed an urge to form new co-operative societies and seek information on the same.
- The Ministry has conducted value addition trainings for Turkana handicraft co-operative society to enable them come up with quality products. This will lead to improved products development and adoption of new design in basket making and increased prices for commodity. In Katilu FCS members were trained on bulking of their produce to fetch high prices arising from bargaining advantage. Value addition training were conducted in Morulem to enable members adopt bulking of produce for better prices. In Kakuma lima Sacco members were trained on new product development to enable the society offer new products and improve service delivery.
- The Ministry has conducted members’ education for Lomidat multipurpose co-operative society, Lokubae co-operative, morulem co-operative, and Lokichoggio multipurpose where a total of 645 members attended. This has led to active member participation in co-operative affairs because of knowing their rights and obligations. They now keep their leaders on toes which is desirable trend in the co-operative movement.
- The Ministry has developed strategic plans for Turkana teachers Sacco, Turkana fishermen co-operative, Katilu co-operative, morulem co-operative, Turkana bodaboda Sacco and Kakuma lima Sacco, Lokichoggio MPCS, Atodoko Lobokat SACCO, Lokubae irrigation farmers’ co-operative society ltd. This will lead to improved performance as the co-operatives have a tool to guide performance and also in monitoring and evaluation of activities.
- The Ministry has conducted training for managers and treasures where 34 participants attended from all co-operatives in Turkana County. This will lead to timely quality reports. Trained management and supervisory committees in: – Lodwar builders co-operative society, Lokichoggio multipurpose Cooperative Society, Kakuma Sacco, Turkana BodaBoda Sacco, Napeikar irrigation CS, Napeililim housing CS, Napak irrigation CS, Turkana Teachers Sacco where 118 members were trained. This will lead to timely implementation of activities and accountable leadership.
- The Ministry has held Annual General Meetings in Turkana Fishermen co-operative society, Turkana Teacher SACCO, Kakuma lima SACCO, and Lomidat multipurpose co-operative society where elections were conducted and new officials elected. Women and youth have been elected into leadership bringing a lot of energy and transparency.
- The Ministry has done final audits in 7 co-operative societies namely; Turkana Teachers sacco, Turkana Fishermen co-operative society, Kakuma lima sacco, Loyopo sacco, Napeililim Housing, Lomidat pastoral M, co-op, Turkana Consumer co-op. this raised 54,200 which 70% was retained in the county while 30% was sent to the National Government. This lead to timely Annual General Meetings and members being informed of the financial performance of their co-operatives. Four inspections were carried in Morulem irrigation co-operative, Kakuma lima sacco, Turkana Teachers Sacco and Lokubae irrigation co-operative, society. This will lead to improved leadership and management through timely feedback on the results obtained. Asset verification was done in Turkana Fishermen CS, Turkana Teachers Sacco and Lomidat M. CS. This helped to establish their existence, condition, location and their current state, this will improve Asset Management in our co-operatives.
- In the arena of regulation and policy the ministry has completed the following bills and policies;
- Biashara fund bill and policy– this is aimed at functionalizing the disbursement of loans to the business community across the county for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). This financial year 2015/2016 the ministry has set aside KES 60 million for this purpose. The bill is at floor of the county assembly awaiting approval
- Cooperative Enterprise Development Fund bill and policy – This is to aid in the disbursement of KES 40 million to revive and strengthen the cooperative sector, this will act as a boost and loans to the 33 cooperatives societies across the county. This bill is awaiting the approval of the county assembly.
- The weights and measures policy– this has been completed and will guide in the way the businesses adhere to the verification and standardization of weighing instruments to enhance proper consumer protection and curb counterfeit products in the market.
- Turkana County alcoholic and drugs Control Act 2015 – this is aimed at protecting the consumer, guide the manufacture and regulate the consumption of alcohol and drugs within the county
- Several other bills are in the development stage such as trade and investment bill, tourism bill, hawkers bill and markets.
- Staffing in some departments has been slow but to date new staff have arrived in the quarter of the financial year, 2014/2015.
- Office space is still a major drawback as most of the senior managers share offices with juniors while others operate outside the premises. The new office block is currently under construction and should help address this.
- As a ministry, we have had the challenge of mobility since the ministry has one vehicle under the department of cooperative department. The vehicle is shared-by four departments hence the delay of field activities and operations. The vehicle is only designed for good roads and cannot be relied upon on tough terrain since it does not have a four-wheel provision. Lucky, we have received a donation of 4×4 Land cruiser (used) from Oxfam Turkana program to support the trade department but its currently undergoing repairs in Eldoret.
- There is delay in the procurement of goods and services due to capacity in the procurement department and public works is a major setback. For instance, there has been delay in the production of bill of quantities and technical designs to warrant the construction works to begin in time.
The ministry has three departments;
DEPARTMENT IN CHARGE TITLE Trade Mr. Lokwale James Director Cooperatives Mr. Onyambu Kennedy Commissioner Weights & Measures Mr. Samwel Kimonjo Inspector