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The government is finalizing on a 15-year policy that will see country adapt a program to produce locally assembled motor vehicles. /COURTESY

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Government to increase list of banned imports – Munya

The technical committee of Permanent Secretaries is working on an indepth report to guide the implementation of the government’s Buy Kenya, Build Kenya initiative/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 8- The government is expanding its list of locally available materials that will no longer be imported in the country.

Cabinet Secretary Trade and Industrialization Peter Munya says technical committee of Permanent Secretaries is working on an indepth report to guide the implementation of the government’s Buy Kenya, Build Kenya initiative.

“The list is ready and will be shared to the public in due course,” Munya said.

He added that the country’s top executives met recently to conclude on the products that support the Buy Kenya, Build Kenya initiative without any form of bias.

“ We have not been biased in selection of the products, the technical committee, and the PS retreated to conclude on the list and the white paper that will say in local content trading these are the commodities and the list will continue to increase as we do more research on other products that can be made locally,” he commented.

His announcement comes a month after the government announced to take stern action against State officials who will import vehicles that are locally assembled.

Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the move is in line with the president’s directive made early this year, requiring ministries and other state agencies to buy locally assembled vehicles.

“We have a mechanism where if you are a manufacturer and you find a government institution that has imported a vehicle locally assembled, you report to us and disciplinary action will actually be taken,” said the PS.

Currently, most of the motorcycles on Kenyan roads include Honda and Yamaha. Others include Indian Bajaj brands like Boxer and low -cost Chinese makes.

In March, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’ i said the government is saving over Sh700 million in having the new police uniforms made locally by the National Youth Service.

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This followed a directed by President Kenyatta that all national security agency uniforms be made at the NYS garment factory in Ruaraka, saying this would enable the graduates from the service to get employment.

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