IEA Holds a Public Forum on the Implications of the Big 4 on Trade

Post Date: 05 April 2019   |   Category: General   |   Hits: 787

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA-Kenya) under the Trade and Development Programme held a public forum on the implications of the Big 4 (Manufacturing, Food Security, Universal Health Care and Housing) on trade. The public forum held on April 04, 2019 at the Sarova Stanley Hotel, Nairobi sought to bring out insights and debate on the trade opportunities in the Big 4 and what measures the government should put in place to ensure improved business environment that would translate into increased trade opportunities for the Country in line with the Big 4 Agenda.

The forum was moderated by Mr. John Mutua, Programmes Coordinator at IEA-Kenya, and presentations were made by; Dr. Fred Simiyu - Deputy Director, State Department for trade in the Ministry of Trade; Dr. Nancy Njeru of the Ministry of Health; Dr. Simon Githuku, Research and Fiscal Policy Manager at the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM); Mr. Joram Gicheru, Specialist in Agriculture especially on Food Security; Mr. Richard Kariuki of Beta Health Care; and Mr. Geoffrey Kerosi of HakiJamii who presented on Housing.  

The forum brought together health and trade practitioners as well as housing and manufacturing experts from the private sector and representatives from relevant government ministries. Also invited were researchers, IEA members, the media and the general public. 

At the end of the forum, discussants proffered the following recommendations for consideration by relevant stakeholders, the private sector and the government; That there is need for stakeholders in the housing sector to conduct an empirical study to determine the exact impact by first determining the scale of operations and conducting needs assessment for human resources and capacity of local suppliers, vendors and contractors; That pending bills by county governments should be addressed quickly because this has a great impact on trade. If business people and firms remain unpaid for a long time, they will run of business due to bankruptcy and that will affect implementation of the housing agenda just to mention but afew. 

Follow the links below to download the presentations; 

  1. Presentation by Dr. Fred Simiyu, Ministry of Trade - 
  2. Presentation by Dr. Simon Githuku, Kenya Association of Manufacturers -
  3. Presentation by Mr. Joram Gicheru, Agricultural Expert -
  4. Presentation by Mr. Richard Kariuki, Beta Health Care -
  5. Presentation by Dr. Nancy Njeru, Ministry of Health -
  6. Presentation by Mr.Geoffrey Kerosi, HakiJamii -