NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – The World Bank Group’s Kenya Competitiveness Enhancement Program (KCEP) has signed an advisory agreement with County Government of Kajiado to design and implement business regulation reforms aimed at easing business startup and reducing the cost of doing business.
The program will support the County Government of Kajiado to design and implement the automation of licensing of services relating to the planning and building permit permission process known as electronic development application management system.
This will include the issuance and processing of construction permits, building inspections, occupation permits and various planning permissions.
In addition, the World Bank Group will also support the implementation of legal reforms and provide capacity building to sustainably deliver on the reforms.
World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), Country Manager East, Manuel Moses, said a thriving private sector is vital in enabling counties to overcome their economic and development challenges.
Kajiado County Governor, Joseph Ole Lenku, said the program will accelerate the reform momentum and significantly enhance the County’s efficiency and effectiveness in public service delivery.
“By leveraging on technology, we will also improve our Government’s accessibility, transparency and accountability,” said Ole Lenku.
KCEP is a four-year program financed by UK Aid which aims to strengthen Kenya’s business environment, enhance 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. It is implemented by the World Bank Group’s Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice.
In addition to Kajiado County, KCEP will be signing Advisory Agreements with other identified counties in Kenya.