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Newsflash

29th June 2012

In this issue, we feature the 4 Advocacy Grants approved by the Board in June.
Business Advocacy Fund BAF supports business member organisations (BMOs) with funding and capacity building so that they can engage more effectively in private public dialogue and to advocate an improved business environment in Kenya. In this issue

Advocacy Grants Approved Four advocacy grants have been approved by the Board as follows: Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM): The Manufacturing Sector Survey 2012 KAM wants to undertake a baseline survey on the status of the manufacturing sector in Kenya. The intention of the project is to update the survey report of 2006 as an evidence base for advocacy for targeted support to grow the sector. There is also a lack of information on specific industrial sectors. The survey will provide accurate and timely information on the state of the manufacturing sector in Kenya. The main objective of the survey is to give KAM a sound basis for developing advocacy strategies and action plans for the future growth of the manufacturing sector. KAM aims to create a comprehensive database that will provide the status of the manufacturing sector, and avail information for advocacy and decision making. Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM): The National Industrial Business Agenda (NIBA) Kenya is heading to the general election and many political parties are emerging with different party manifestos (a public declaration of the party principles and intentions). The manifesto of the winning party forms part of the governments agenda including economic policies and legislation. Organised business must therefore interrogate these manifestos with a clear idea of their own priorities. KAM wants to interrogate the party manifestos to ensure that they promote growth and competitiveness of the manufacturing sector. KAM proposes to use a reference document incorporating concerns of the manufacturing sector. The reference document referred to is the National Industrial Business Agenda (NIBA). The NIBA will provide a platform for this interrogation focusing on the manufacturing and industrial sector. After the election, KAM (by influencing the winning party/ies economic manifesto) will be able to hold the government to account on its implementation. The NIBA will be reflected in political party economic manifestos on which KAM can engage the elected government for implementation.

Advocacy Grants Approved Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) Kenya Chamber of Mines (KCM) Kenya National Pig Farmers Association (KENPIFA)

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Kenya Chamber of Mines (KCM): The National Mineral Resources and Mining Act The mineral industry in Kenya is perceived to be small, accounting for about 1.3% of the GDP, but this is due to lack of proper infrastructure and policies to encourage investment and production. Several measures have been taken to improve the mining sector and attract investment. One of the measures taken by the Government was in 2004 when all excise taxes on capital mining equipment was removed. However, this measure has not yet resulted in any significant subsequent capital investment. The present Mining Act (Cap 306) which has been in place since 1940 requires significant amendment to conform to standard international legal principles. This Act is inconsistent with present mining and minerals development practices and regulatory procedures in force elsewhere in the world e.g. Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, Kazakhstan, Brazil, Peru etc; where regulatory environment includes offering incentives and conducting more detailed geological research. A proposed Mining and Minerals Bill 2012 is currently being prepared. KCM wishes to advocate its position on the Bill on provisions in the Bill with which it disagrees. Kenya National Pig Farmers Association (KENPIFA): The National Pig Policy and Bill The livestock sub-sector is estimated to contribute 10% to Kenyan GDP and accounts for over 30% of the farm gate value of agricultural commodities. The sector is characterised by small scale producers who are estimated to account for circa. 70% of total number of pig farmers in Kenya. (Sources: Pig Sector Review FAO, 2010.) The sector is regulated by the Ministry of Livestock Development (MoLD). However, there is no policy framework in place for the pig sector. Consequently, it has received little or no support (e.g. sources of information and supply of breeding stock) or policy guidance from MoLD resulting in the evolution of an important economic sector on ad hoc basis. KENPIFA wants MoLD to develop a policy framework for the promotion and development of the pig sector in which, KENPIFA wants to see included, a section addressing pig processing capacity in Kenya and the associated purchase and payments arrangements. In this way, pig production by small scale producers will increase, thereby contributing to the achievement of one of the main objectives of Vision 2030 raising farm sector incomes and employment.

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