Browsing: Competitiveness in Kenya

Samuel Thuo Irungu at Wakulima market in Central Business District of Nairobi. He collects his potatoes from the rural areas and brings them into town to supply businesses.

Kenya’s Association of Manufacturers have urged Government to harmonize laws, policies and regulations, at the National and County levels, to drive the competitiveness of local industry.

This was during the launch of the Regulatory Audit Report, 2020 that highlights regulatory challenges facing the business community across the country.

Speaking during the launch, KAM Chair, Mucai Kunyiha explained that whilst regulations seek to create a level-playing field for businesses, regulatory overreach hinders the competitiveness of local industry.

“At the national level, manufacturers are required to adhere to duplicating requirements, from different regulatory bodies, in addition to meeting numerous tax obligations. In the counties, we have to pay various fees, levies and charges. This drives up the cost of doing business in the country, thus reducing our competitiveness locally, regionally and even globally,” highlighted Mr Kunyiha.

The county governments have also been urged to formulate a tariffs and pricing policy to guide …