The Republic of Kenya and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) jointly launched the Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) Self-Starter for Kenya on Friday 22nd January, 2021. The virtual event was graced H.E Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya and Mr. Li Yong, the Director General of UNIDO.

The PCP Self-Starter for Kenya, the first of its kind will see the Government of Kenya take a leading role in the entire PCP process from design to implementation.

In his statement, H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta noted that the event marked a milestone in the partnership between Kenya and UNIDO, which is an important step towards accelerating Industrial transformation of Kenya’s economy. The President also informed that Kenya opted for this UNIDO’s innovative model, to accelerate inclusive and sustainable Industrial development, having noted its success in other countries that have chosen this path. Full Statement >>Click Here

In his remarks, the Director General Mr. Li Yong, emphasized that the PCP self-starter would facilitate further acceleration of the Government’s industrialization agenda and support the recovery of the manufacturing sector and supply chains from adverse COVID-19-related impacts. The DG also confirmed UNIDO’s commitment to support Kenya to fully implement the PCP, through the provision of technical assistance and advisory services through a multi-disciplinary team of experts.

The Director General also highlighted that the launch of the PCP Self-Starter was timely as it came at a time when Africa has launched the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), which creates a continental market that benefits from the economies of scale, and has immense benefits that will ultimately enhance sustainable and inclusive socio-economic development. Link to UNIDO >> Launch of Kenya PCP self-starter | UNIDO

Ms. Betty Maina, Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and Enterprise Development of the Republic of Kenya; Dr. Francis Owino, Principal Secretary State Department for Industrialization Kenya; Dr. Medhin Tsehaiu, United Nations Resident Coordinator for Kenya; Ms. Kawira Bucyana, Officer in-Charge of the UNIDO Country Office in Kenya; Amb. Robinson Njeru Githae, Permanent Representative/Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya in Vienna; Amb. Stella Mokaya Orina, Deputy Permanent Representative/Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenyain Vienna, were among the officials who participated in the launch.