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Thursday, 13 Jul 2017 12:29 EATjmwihaki@kenyafreepress.com
Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) with technical support from European Union (EU) have on Wednesday (yesterday) launched The Integrated Devolution Data Portal (TIDDP) aimed at centralizing devolution information onto a single platform.
The portal is an interactive platform for information sharing between County Governments, Constitutional Implementation Bodies, the public and other stakeholders providing a unified space for users to easily identify, retrieve and use devolution information.
Launching the portal, ICT Cabinet Secretary, Joe Mucheru noted that the Government is keen to provide relevant information from all counties to investors for decision making and encourages accountability of public officers.
“The portal attests to the government commitment to freedom of information. Citizens have the right to information owned by the state. This information will include County legislation, public participation forums, revenue laws, equitable share expenditures essential in decision making particularly for investment and business,” added Mucheru.
Speaking at the launch, CRA chairperson, Dr Jane Kiringai stated that, “The portal aims at collecting and aggregating resources and simplifying access to data, news, county websites, and task performance tools through single-log-in profiles.”
Devolution in Kenya still faces challenges including overdependence on the national government for finances, unstructured mechanism to sustain investment attraction to counties, inconsistent county regulatory frameworks and lack of a national framework to guide counties in policy and legislations affecting business.
KAM Head of Operation, Dalmas Okendo noted that the portal is a vital tool to enrich counties and enhance investment opportunities. The portal will help keep track record of fast moving counties.
“The Integrated Devolution Data Portal that we are launching today will encourage counties to explore their natural advantages to attract investment. Our 10-point policy agenda, which is a guide map for political leaders to centralize industrialization in their economic agenda, points out the creation of an enabling business environment as the number one priority that will guarantee job creation and economic growth. The portal will play a key role in doing this for county governments,” added Mr Okendo.
The portal will serve as a central national repository for information on county legislation and devolution related issues in all the 47 counties thereby playing a vital role in public awareness by serving as a source of information on key revenue laws, county revenue enhancement measures and county taxation legislation. Moreover it will support peer learning and benchmarking.
The Commission on Revenue Allocation is mandated under Article 216 of the Constitution to make recommendations on the sharing of revenue between national and county governments and among county governments. The Commission further makes recommendations on the financing of, and financial management by county governments. In order to make appropriate recommendations, the Commission utilizes data that is accurate, credible, reliable and verifiable.
Lucy Mwihaki contributed to reporting of this article