The National Construction Authority’s Executive Director Dr. Daniel Manduku on Thursday 9th February took part in a consultative meeting aimed at improving Kenya’s performance in the next Annual Ease of Doing Business Report by the World Bank whose data collection process is set to kick off at the end of February.
The meeting, which took place at Transcom House in Nairobi, brought together officials from NCA, National Buildings Inspectorate and the State Department of Housing and was co-chaired by Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Aden Mohamed and his Transport and Infrastructure Development counterpart James Macharia.
During the consultative forum, officials present were taken through a review of Kenya’s performance in the 2018 Ease of Doing Business Report with key focus on ‘dealing with construction permits’ which is one of the ten indicators used by the world bank in ranking countries.
During the session, Dr. Manduku said that most of the areas that lowered the country’s ranking can easily be improved on if there is better cooperation between stakeholders and improved communication with members of the private sector.
“We have had discussions on some of the issues affecting the ranking with county governments. There has been some misconception that we as NCA are taking over the county mandate, but that is not the case. We continue to make in roads with the counties, especially the Nairobi City County, every day,” Dr. Manduku said.
C.S Mohamed urged the officials present to ensure better collaboration amongst their officers, County Executives in charge of Housing as well as officers from his ministry in order to quickly address small issues that affect how the country performs in the ease of doing business.
One of the ten indicators used in the ranking is ‘getting credit.‘ Mr Aden cited Rwanda’s current ranking at second place worldwide under the getting credit indicator as a prime example that Kenya, too, can improve on its performance. His sentiments were echoed by C.S, James Macharia who said that an improvement in the rankings would go a long way in actualising the government’s Big Four development agenda.
Kenya is currently ranked 124 out of 190 in the ‘dealing with construction permits’ indicator which factors in the procedures, time, cost and building quality control measures involved before one can acquire a business permit. The Ministry of Industrialisation has a general aim of being ranked 50th or higher.
This was the first in a series of meetings scheduled to take place over the coming weeks.