Kenya Transport Association (KTA)"Enhance KTA’s capacity to undertake advocacy initiatives and ensure sustainability"
Economic development of East and Central Africa is inhibited by the extraordinary time and cost of transporting goods across borders. This has limited the potential for growth in intra-regional trade. These transport challenges are occasioned by:
• Inefficiency within the trucking industry
• Lack of access to necessary market information
• Operationalization of regional harmonization instruments
• Poor infrastructure
• Unfavorable policy and regulatory environment
For many years the Kenyan Government has acted alone in attempting to resolve these issues with very little success. In the past 2 years and with the support of the EA Trade Hub grant, KTA has been able to develop capacity to better engage government in trying to improve the business climate. We have made significant progress on a number of fronts as evidenced in the vastly improved infrastructure, the fight against corruption and adoption- by the Kenyan government- of regionally agreed standards on axel load limits.
There is need to continue this work, and in doing so there is need to ensure that KTA is financially sustainable and that the dialog between Private sector and government continues.
It is KTA’s hope that with sustained action on the challenges in the transport industry, government will create an enabling environment and particularly, a regulatory framework that will lead to reduced costs of moving goods in the region, increased growth in economic activity and investment, greater competitiveness, more wealth generation, job creation and poverty alleviation.In order for KTA to achieve these, there is need for regular contact between the Government and KTA to ensure a good working relationship between these two bodies.
The purpose of this grant is to enhance KTA’s capacity to undertake advocacy initiatives and ensure sustainability. This grant will enable KTA:
- To develop capability to undertake and to support the research necessary to engage effectively in advocacy;
- To undertake, and develop capability to carry out advocacy activities
- To monitor and evaluate actions by government and their impact on an enabling environment;
- To create better public understanding of the role of KTA in advocating for a better business climate; and
- To support the development and implementation of strategies and services designed to build long term sustainability.
1st Grant: January 1st, 2010 - December 31st, 2010
2nd Grant: January 1st, 2012 - December 31st, 2012