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The President spoke at the 8th Presidential Round Table Forum today at State House, which brought together both government and partners from the private alliance under the umbrella of KEPSA (Kenya Private Sector Alliance)/FILE

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Uhuru in talks with Kenya’s business leaders

The President said all issues ranging from security and tax that affect business in the country will be addressed/PSCU

The President said all issues ranging from security and tax that affect business in the country will be addressed/PSCU

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the private sector that the government is working towards ensuring an enabling environment for their investment.

The President said all issues ranging from security and tax that affect business in the country will be addressed.

Addressing journalists after a meeting with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the President said this will help improve the country’s competitiveness in the region.

“I think as a country and as a people, we need to be able to project ourselves positively…that does not exclude the fact that we acknowledge that we have challenges,” he said.

“These are challenges that we are committed to overcome. Lets us not always look at the half empty glass; let us look at the glass that is half full and how we intend to fill the remaining half because it is this positiveness that will help us achieve our objective,” he said.

During the meeting at the State House, Nairobi, the government and the private sector also discussed how to enhance Public Private Partnerships.

“This is partnership that will continue in the future, we will be meeting again in May and in which meeting I propose to also invite the Judiciary to be with us, to partner with us and the leadership of Parliament- because government is all those three arms together,” he said.

“We need to be able to work together, in order for us to be able to achieve our goal.”

The President admitted that there are challenges but asked for patience as his government improves the business environment even further.

He said security was a priority where he cited some of the recent security programmes that are meant to counter insecurity in the country.

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Some of the programmes he mentioned include the Nyumba Kumi initiative and the recently launched security sector Rapid Result Initiative that will see many security measures put in place in 100 days.

“What we are focusing on is ensuring we improve security by improving police presence in terms of the programme that we launched of 1,200 police vehicles to improve their mobility,” he stated.

“We are also talking about CCTV cameras first in Nairobi and then extend that throughout the country.”

KEPSA chairman Vimal Shah said they will hold another meeting in May, to asses all issues agreed on Friday.

Among the matters they will undertake on their part, Shah said was to reduce the cost of doing business even as the government plays its role.

On security, he said the government was on top of things and that, “where there is room for improvement, we discussed on way forward. As we celebrate 50 years, there is room to celebrate that we have a working government that is action oriented.”

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