Trade, Industry and Investments Cabinet Secretary (CS) Moses Kuria has pledged that the government will roll out single business permits by 2023.
Kuria said that the initiative would avert the many obstacles in doing business that traders and business owners have faced for owning multiple licenses.
The CS was speaking during the opening of the fifth Changamka Shopping Festival hosted by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC).
Kuria added that he had consulted the Nairobi Govorner Johnson Sakaja on the move since the ministry intends to roll out the plan in Nairobi in January 2023 for piloting.
“A single business permit has to be a reality. Governor Sakaja and myself, we have agreed to pilot this in Nairobi. We are looking at areas of opportunities, not just cost issues but bureaucratic issues,” said Kuria.
“We will work together and by the first week of January, Nairobi, we will have implemented the single business permit,”
Nairobi Deputy Governor Njoroge Muchiri refuted claims of a likelihood of dropping revenue collection as a result of a single business permit, adding that the identification of licensed business operators will become seamless.
“When you get to pay for a specific permit, we create one single permit that is going to have a QR code so if anybody checks, they can see that you are actually licensed. We are not going to drop revenue streams,” said Muchiri.
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