Kenya’s quest to grow its agricultural sector has received a major boost after Poland extended a Kshs.10.5 billion soft loan for procurement of equipment.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich said the concessionary loan would be used to obtain equipment for meat and milk processing, embryo transfer, veterinary, grain storage silos, horticulture and mobile grain dryers from Poland.
The loan, which attracts 0.7 per cent interest, has a five-year grace period and will be paid over 25 years.

DSC 3356Deputy President William Ruto (Left) and National Treasury Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich follow proceedings on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 when the Deputy President officially opened the National Conference on County Own Source Revenue Enhancement at Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort in Naivasha.The conference which was aimed at coming up a policy document to guide County Governments was organized by the National Treasury on behalf of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC) in collaboration with: UNDP, IMF, and World Bank.

The National Treasury on behalf of the Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council will hold a four-day national conference on County Own Source Revenue Enhancement next week.
In a press statement issued today at the National Treasury Nairobi, the four-day conference will be held at the Great Rift Valley Lodge and Golf Resort, Naivasha on September 21-24.
The National Treasury will host the conference in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank.

Banks struggled to meet the cash reserve ratio (CRR) requirement as firms paid taxes, recording a deficit of nearly Kshs.10 billion as the financial markets tightened.
For the week ending September 16, the banks had a deficit of Kshs.9.67 billion in relation to the CRR – the fraction of deposits put at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) without earning interest – against the requirement of 5.25 per cent or Kshs.130.7 billion.

Kenya’s new county governments need to do more to win the confidence and support of their communities.  This is important not just to strengthen the system of devolved government, but also to increase support for local taxes.
Yet so far, few counties have developed effective communication participation strategies.  The need to communicate and ensure meaningful political participation is not just a moral imperative for county governments, but also a constitutional requirement.

The Government will write-off shs.40 billion owed by five sugar mills set for privatization.
Privatization Commission Chairman, Mr. Henry Obwocha said the debt is owed to the government and the Kenya Sugar Board.
The five factories earmarked for privatization are Muhoroni, Nzoia, Chemelil, Miwani and Sony.
Mr. Obwocha said on Wednesday at Chemelil that the Government wants to sell the factories with a clean financial sheet.

Kenya’s one-stop border trade clearance network is 80 per cent complete with 18 out the 20 National Electronic Single Window System modules already in place while the system will be fully functional by June 2016, Kenya Trade Network Agency has said.
The functional modules include unique consignment reference, arrival report, bay plan submission, outbound process, air manifest and permits, and import declaration form.
Others are cargo release module, payments, availability of attachments, reports, user admin, dynamic risk management module, security bonds and sea manifest.

Foreign exchange reserves hit a 21-month low last week, piling pressure on the dollar stock the government uses to service foreign debt and cushion the shilling.
Latest data by the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) shows assets in foreign currency fill to $6.2billion (Ksh.652.24 billion) last Thursday from $6.25 billion (Kshs.657.50 billion) a week earlier, mirroring the January 30, 2014, levels when it stood at $6.20 billion.
This is equivalent of 3.98 months of million cover, levels last seen in April, 2012 but well within the government’s target of 3.4 months.

DSC 2759Cabinet Secretary National Treasury Henry Rotich unveils Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA) 2015-2018 Strategic Plan today, Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi. Looking on left are: Mr. Vincent Kimosop, Chairman, UFAA and Mrs .Kellen Kariuki, CEO, UFAA.  The UFAA Strategic Plan is aimed at guiding the Authority's operations over the medium term. UFAA is one of the recent public institutions in the Kenya and the first of its kind in Africa. And its establishment follows the enactment of the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority Act in December, 2011 with the principal goal of ensuring that all unclaimed financial assets are re-united with their rightful owners.

The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has for the third time retained monetary policy rate at 11.5 per cent to keep inflation in check at a time of relative exchange rate stability.
The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) – the independent rate – setting organ affiliated to the CBK said overall inflation was trending towards the five per cent target.
The MPC said the Kshs.655 billion ($6.2 billion) worth of forex reserves and the Kshs.65 billion ($610.7 million) precautionary facility from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) were adequate cushions against volatility in the value of the shilling.

Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has backed its new corporate strategic plan to help double collections over the next three years.
The taxman has set a target of 2.05 trillion by end of financial year 2017/18, a massive growth from Kshs.1 trillion it raked in during the year 2014/15 fiscal year ended last June.
KRA’s sixth Corporate plan, running under the theme “Building trust through facilitation so as to enhance tax compliance, said Commissioner General, Mr. John Njiraini, will ride on 15 key performance indicators which will see sweeping changes in the internal and external operations of the agency.

DSC 2422Cabinet Secretary Health Dr James Macharia (Right) flanked by Cabinet Secretary National Treasury Henry Rotich (2nd Right), Mark Eldon-Edington, Head of Division, Grant Management Division (3rd Right), Ambassador to Kenya, Tatshushi Terada (4th Right) and American Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec (6th from Right) speaks during the Global Fund Grant Agreement signing of seven grant agreements worth a total of US Dollars 333 million (Sh 35 billion) on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at the National Treasury, Nairobi.

The shilling strengthened on Friday last week, helped by dollar inflows from offshore investors interested in buying government securities.
Commercial banks quoted the shilling at 105.10/20 to the dollar, compared with Thursday’s close of 105.55/65.
A senior trader said: “The shilling strengthened on the interest rates.  The interbank rate is very tight.  I think the Treasury bill is beginning to attract offshore interest now, so the market is seeing some flows”.

Investors have been urged to invest in Kenya in order to improve the peoples’ living standards following the improved business environment in the country.
The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich, said business ventures are attractive since the Government has reduced the cost of doing business such as the low energy tariffs.
Mr. Rotich said the government targets to tarmac   10,000 km of road network countrywide and complete the Standard Gauge Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi to facilitated transportation and fast-track development activities.

Global Fund grant portfolio growth to Kenya currently stands at US$895,647,494 with the country so far receiving disbursements worth US$697,304,446.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich said the funds disbursement was started in 2002 when the country received the first grants under civil society Principal Recipient.
“The grants agreements which were signed between the Government and the Global Fund will run for two years with the funds being utilized to fight against HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis pandemics”, said Mr. Rotich.

Treasury, September 28, 2015: By Joseph Kipkoech

The government of the Kingdom of Belgium has granted to Kenya Kshs.1.2 billion in form of loans to support Kajiado Rural Water Supply Project.

The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich said the project once completed will serve over 100,000 residents of Kajiado County with clean water for domestic use and livestock.

“The government of the Kingdom of Belgium will also support firefighting equipment project for Nairobi City County, Ithanga Water Supply project, Vihiga Water Supply project, Ruaka Water Supply project, phase III of e-Government connectivity project and Nanyuki District Hospital,” Mr. Rotich said.

Kshs.3 billion has been surrendered to the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA) by holders through the Unclaimed Assets Account in the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK).
The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich said the holders of the Unclaimed Financial Assets surrendered them to UFAA according to the law.
“It is the priority of the common good that should permeate all sectors of government trickling down to our people.  And for this, I say well don UFAA and keep it up”, said Mr. Rotich.

About two million Kenyans have their money idle in an account at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) as unclaimed assets.
The Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA) says about 60 companies have so far surrendered Kshs. 3.3 billion.  “The money is at the CBK in a trust account.  We have so far invested in government securities”, UFAA Chief Executive Officer Ms. Kellen Kariuki said in Nairobi during a media briefing.
Ms. Kariuki said only Kshs.32 million has been claimed to date.  The authority is planning an awareness and sensitization campaign to encourage beneficiaries collect their money.

DSC 4085Henry Rotich , National Treasury Cabinet Secretary (Centre) and Peter De Crem, the Belgium State Secretary for Foreign Trade append their signatures to documents today, Monday, September 28, 2015 during the Signing of Credit Agreement worth  Sh 1. 2 billion between Governments of Kenya and Belgium to support Kajiado Rural Water Supply Project. The project on completion is expected to enhance delivery of clean water to the people of Kajiado County. Looking on left is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Kenya Roxane de Bilderling.

Holders of Unclaimed Financial Assets have been urged to surrender them to the rightful owners or the Unclaimed Financial Assets Authority (UFAA).
The National Treasury Principal Secretary, Dr. Kamau Thugge, said UFAA has been mandated to receive all unclaimed financial assets and to carry out inspection of financial assets to ensure accurate reporting.
Dr. Thugge further said all relevant information on unclaimed assets should be submitted to UFAA which is the custodian so that the Authority could locate and notify the owners of the surrendered financial assets.