MOMBASA, Kenya, Oct 5 – Speaker of the National Assembly has underscored the importance of a partnership between the legislature and the private sector in driving economic growth and development of the country.
In his address during a round-table meeting with members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Muturi noted that a vibrant private sector is as a critical engine of sustainable growth.
He emphasised that KEPSA provides a unified voice for the private sector through continued dialogue with the National Assembly through its Committees and memoranda submitted.
“This forum will guide the National Assembly in developing crucial legislation that will enable the government achieve the Big Four Development Agenda and that will not only lead to sustainable revenue collection but will create a conducive environment for local manufacturers and foreign investment,” the Speaker noted.
On her part, KEPSA Chief Executive Officer Carole Kariuki stressed the need for a strengthened relationship between the Legislature and the private sector through the Speaker’s Round Table.
“We have to relook at the energy sector, develop legislation to curb proliferation of illicit trade, low quality imports and develop strategies for affordable housing; this can only be achieved through concrete legislation,” she noted.
Senior Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly Sarah Kioko who represented the National Assembly Clerk added that the healthy and fruitful engagements have had positive outcome on legislation such the enactment of the Bribery Act 2016, which was spearheaded under the auspices of the KEPSA.
This National Assembly engagement with KEPSA comes at a critical moment when the country is in the process of actualizing the Big Four Agenda and is high on the National Assembly’s commitment to meeting sustainable development goals.
Participants of the annual consultative forum hosted by the Speaker are drawn from the private sector, Chairs of Departmental Committees of the National Assembly, Members of Parliament and titans of various industries from the private sector.
Attendees in this year’s forum recognised that the dialogue will entrench and promote values of good business, ethics and practices of innovation, hard work and collective responsibility.