IMF/World Bank High Level Panel On Governance
Thursday, October 06, 2016
By Maina Kigaga
Kenya is striving to close the governance gap by improving on service delivery through automation and digitalization.
This has been implemented through setting up of: “Huduma centers”, a one stop government service provision points in many parts of the country to bring services closer to the people; E citizen portal; Majivoice for water service providers, enhancing public participation as per the requirements of the constitution; scaling devolution; itax; electronic single window payment platform and simplifying of business licensing and regulatory procedures.
This was said by Cabinet Secretary National Treasury, Henry Rotich when he presented a strong case on measures Kenya has taken to close governance gaps during a high-level panel discussion, “ the governance gap: Why does half the world distrust government and what can we do about it”?
The discussion arranged by the World Bank on Thursday took place on the sidelines of the annual IMF/World Bank meetings currently taking place in Washington D.C.
The Cabinet Secretary was a panelist who included Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, OXFAM international, Adnan Khan, Research and Policy Director, International Growth Centre, Edmund Malesky, Professor of Political Science, Duke University and Clare Short, former UK Minister for International Development who was also the Moderator.
As a result of these initiatives, Kenya was ranked 12th best out of 54 African countries in the 2016 Ibrahim Index of African Governance which was released earlier this week. In the report, Kenya’s overall score has increased by 5.1 since 2006 and the country is the ninth most improved in Africa, Mr. Rotich said.
The Cabinet Secretary added that Anti corruption institutions including The Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC), the Department of Public Prosecutor (DPP), Kenya Police and Financial Reporting Center (FRC) in Kenya has all been strengthened and allocated additional resources every year to enhance their capacity to execute their mandate and close the governance gap.
Central Bank Governor Dr. Patrick Njoroge emphasis a point on Tuesday to Wohoro Ndohho, Director-General-Directorate of Public Debt Management at the National Treasury and Ronny Mutethia of Kenya Embassy, Washington, D.C. during the IMF/World Bank annual meeting currently taking place in Washington, D.C. View Photos
Cabinet Secretary of the National Treasury, Mr. Henry Rotich, speaks with Witney Sheidman, Senior International Advisor for Africa at Covington & Burling during a side meeting on Tuesday dubbed Chinese investment in Africa: A balanced view of its role and impact on Africa’s private sector.
The side meeting took place during the IMF/World Bank annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury gives his contribution as a panelist during a side meeting on Chinese investment in Africa: A balanced view of its role and impact on Africa’s private sector, during the ongoing IMF/World Bank annual meeting in Washington, D.C on Tuesday.
On his left is the moderator during the meeting Dr. Deborah Brauhgam, Director/China- Africa Research Initiative School of Advance International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. Ambassador Helen Hai, a panelist and CEO Made in Africa Initiative and UNIDO Goodwill Ambassador is on the right.
Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury Mr. Henry Rotich speaks with Dr. Deborah Brauhgam, Director/China – Africa Research Initiative School of Advance International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University during the Chinese Investment in Africa side meeting that took place during the annual IMF/World Bank meeting in Washington, D.C on Tuesday.
Cabinet Secretary, National Treasury Mr. Henry Rotich in a discussion with Mr. Andrew Alli, President & CEO of Africa Finance Corporation at the Cabinet Secretary’s private suite at 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. where they discussed implementation through Private Public Partnership (PPP) of infrastructural projects centering on solar, wind power, geothermal as well as roads and housing in Kenya.
Ms. Diarietou Gaye, Kenya Country Director at the World Bank, when she paid a courtesy call to Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich at his private suite at 1717 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. during the ongoing IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, D.C.
Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich cracks a joke with Makhtar Diop, Vice President, Africa Region, World Bank Group when they Cabinet Secretary met him to upgrade him on the state of Kenya’s economy. The CS said Kenya’s economic outlook is robust and projected to grow at the rate of 6 per cent in 2016. The CS added that Kenya was enjoying Micro- Economic stability with a sustainable debt position. Mr. Diop said he is soon visiting Kenya to further explore ways of gainfully engaging the Kenyan youth particularly under sports. The meeting took place on sidelines of the IMF/World Bank meetings in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday.
Cabinet Secretary, Henry Rotich with Louis Rene Larose, Executive Director, the World Bank Group when the Cabinet Secretary paid him a courtesy call in his office in Washington, D.C. during the IMF/World Bank Annual Meetings.