On April 2, 2016 In Cabinet Briefs

Today, the 1st of April, 2016 H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the fourth Cabinet meeting in 2016 at State House, Nairobi.
  1. The Urban Areas and Cities Amendment Bill, 2015
Cabinet approved key amendments in the Urban Areas and Cities Act, 2011 and amendments to the Urban Areas and Cities (Amendment) Bill, 2015. The proposed amendments to the two Acts will clarify the role and contribution of urban areas and cities in the development of the national and county economies. The amendments will help to define the key services that an urban area or city will offer to the economy as a whole. The Urban Areas and Cities Amendment Bill 2015, encourage Counties are to align their urban areas and cities to specific functions and resource endowment for sustainable development. The legislation also proposes enforcement of the appointment of Cities and Municipality Boards or Committees, with clear budgets and urban (spatial) plans. The National Government commits to strengthen the Directorate of Urban Development currently in the Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development to guide the urbanisation process in Kenya. An Urban Development Fund (UDF) will be created to cater for high capital expenditure projects, some of which are inter/intra counties and are beyond the scope and budgetary allocation of counties e.g. storm water, solid waste landfills, urbanisation studies and related core urban programs.
  1. The National Housing Policy, 2015
Cabinet approved the Reviewed and aligned National Housing Policy, 2015, in line with the Kenya Constitution, 2010. Housing is dynamic and influenced by various factors that include; high population growth, reconfiguration of household structures, rapid urbanization, social-economic dynamics, migration trends and change in government policies and legislation.  This calls for regular review and update of policy to match with emerging trends. The current housing policy was adopted in 2004 and its review has been necessitated by emerging issues emanating from the Constitution of Kenya 2010. The changing socio-economic circumstances particularly the continued lack of adequate and affordable housing for the low-income segments, is an issue that requires Government intervention through social housing and slum upgrading. The new Policy provides an anchor that will guide County Governments in addressing local housing issues.
  1. Ratification of The Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union Relating to the Pan-African Parliament
Cabinet approved ratification of the Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan African Parliament. The Protocol was reviewed and the revised Protocol to the Constitutive Act of the African Union relating to the Pan-African Parliament was adopted by the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government during their 23rdOrdinary Session held on 27th June, 2014 in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
  1. Establishment of the Africa Regional Centre of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in Nairobi, Kenya
Cabinet approved the establishment of the Africa Regional Centre for the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC-AFRC) in Nairobi, Kenya. The International Electrotechnical Commission IEC is the world’s leading organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies. It is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 1906. IEC prepares and publishes consensus-based international standards and manages conformity assessment systems for electrical and electronic products, systems and services (electrotechnology). The IEC is one of three global sister organizations that develop international Standards. The two are: International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and International Telecommunication Union (ITU). When appropriate, IEC cooperates with ISO and ITU to ensure that International Standards fit together seamlessly and complement each other.
  1. Ratification of the EAC Protocol on Privileges and Immunities
Cabinet also approved ratification of the East African Community Protocol on Privileges and Immunities (“Protocol”). The Treaty for the establishment of the East African Community provides that the Community is to develop programmes and policies aimed at widening and deepening integration among the Partner States. The EAC Protocol on Privileges and immunities was developed to meet the need to harmonize treatment of the assets, properties and people employed in the service of EAC across all Partner States. Implementation of the protocol commences once all Partner States ratify and deposit the instruments of ratification with the EAC Secretary General.
  1. Ratification of the Agreement Between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the United States of America Concerning Cooperation in Threat Reduction Biological Engagement Programs
Cabinet approved ratification of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Kenya and the Government of the United States of America concerning cooperation in threat reduction biological engagement programs. Biological threat reduction is an approach that seeks to protect humans and the environment from exposure to and release of microorganisms or toxins that constitute biological threats.
  1. Hosting The Africa Green Revolution Forum From 5th to 9thSeptember, 2016
Cabinet approved hosting of the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF). The aim of the Forum is to enhance commitments to scale up investments in Africa’s agriculture sector from governments and other stakeholders. The forum is an apex platform that brings together a range of critical stakeholders in the African agriculture landscape including African Heads of State, ministers, farmers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, NGOs, civil society and scientists, to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for achieving the green revolution in Africa. The forum focuses on promoting investments and policy support for driving agricultural productivity and income growth for African farmers in an environmentally sustainable way. The proposed dates for the forum are 5th to 9th September, 2016 and the venue is UN Complex in Gigiri.   CABINET OFFICE NAIROBI   1st April, 2016

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