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Key Agreements By Cabinet Members In Uhuru’s Meeting (DETAILS)

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President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired a full Cabinet meeting on Thursday, May 12 at State House in Nairobi, alongside Deputy President William Ruto.

It was the first full Cabinet meeting after more than two years and it saw a series of interventions made regarding the state of the country’s economy, especially with the release of the 2022 economic survey by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS).

The agenda of the meeting centered on discussions of national and international importance. It also considered the state of food security in the country and noted that the food security situation in the current year has been negatively impacted by the delayed onset of the long rains.

Here are key highlights of the Cabinet meeting:

1.As a first for any County Government, the Cabinet granted its seal of approval to the application by the Laikipia County Government to borrow Ksh1.16 Billion through the issuance of a domestic Infrastructure Bond at a market-determined coupon.

President Uhuru Kenyatta walking to State House for a Cabinet meeting on May 12, 2022. /PSCU

The objective of the Infrastructure Bond is to finance the implementation of projects including the provision of water for agricultural production, and the improvement of the business environment by upgrading markets and town infrastructure; which will provide additional jobs to the residents of Laikipia and improve their household income and livelihoods.

2. To address the plight of Micro, Small, and Medium-sized Enterprises who had made supplies to the National Youth Service the Cabinet approved the payment of the National Youth Service’s (NYS) historical pending bills that have been verified and authenticated by the Pending Bill Multi-Agency Team (PB-MAT).

3. As part of the Administration’s agenda on Affordable Housing under the Big-Four Agenda the Cabinet approved the Sale/Lease of the residential houses and commercial facilities developed under the Mavoko Sustainable Neighborhood Housing Programme Scheme and further granted approval for the proceeds of the sale to be channelled into Kenya Slum Upgrading Low-Cost Housing and Infrastructure Trust Fund to support other slum upgrading initiatives.

4. To fortify the Administration’s efforts on the revitalization of agriculture, generally and our nation’s leading cash crops such as Tea and Coffee, in particular, the Cabinet sanctioned a review of VAT and Certificate of Requirements on Tea and Coffee for both domestic and international markets.

5. Additionally, to address challenges associated with food insecurity, the Cabinet approved the Policy on Large Scale Commercialization of Public land held for Agricultural Production. The Policy seeks to provide a framework for the utilization of idle land owned by public institutions for large scale commercial agricultural production.

6. In regard to the Information and Communication Sector, the Cabinet approved the National Spectrum Policy; which policy changes the framework for assignment and management of the radio frequency spectrum in Kenya. The Policy is part of the Administration’s agenda to further spur the continued growth of the communications sector.

President Uhuru Kenyatta chairs a Cabinet meeting at State House on May 12, 2022. /PSCU

7. To institutionalize the reforms undertaken by the Government in public procurement, the Cabinet approved the National Public Procurement and Asset Disposal Policy. The Policy anchors the overarching framework of promoting fairness, equity, transparency, competitiveness, and cost-effectiveness in the procurement of goods, works, and services by public entities; thereby achieving greater value for money.

8. The Session also considered and approved the Kenya Population Policy for Sustainable Development; which builds on the progress and lessons learnt in implementing past population policies while also responding to new realities and challenges with respect to Kenya’s changing demographic trends. The overall goal of the Policy is to ensure a high quality of life for the people of Kenya by securing a healthy, well educated, and a competitively trained and empowered populace for sustainable development.

9. In regard to legal education and training, Cabinet approved the proposal to decentralize the provision of the Advocates Training Programme (ATP) so as to address challenges occasioned by a large number of students undertaking the mandatory post-graduate programme only in the Kenya School of Law (KSL).

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