Government out to reduce bureaucracy: Rotich

Bureaucracy is a key factor in low implementation of policies in African countries.

This emerged yesterday at the start of a three-day summit in Nairobi where over 100 African participants were seeking insights on why policies and programmes are not effectively implemented in many African countries.

A concept paper for the Sixth African Think Tank Summit noted that from 2002 to 2018, more than 50 treaties and agreements were signed by countries under the African Union with 31 of them (60.8 per cent) yet to be ratified for implementation.

“Important agreements such as the recently signed Africa Continental Free Trade Area - which is expected to boost intra-African trade and enhance competitiveness at the industry and enterprise level - will not take off if the implementation capacity challenges being faced at national, regional and continental levels are not addressed,” said the paper.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich termed the summit timely, adding that Kenya had effected changes to address coordination failures in the implementation of key policies.

“We sometimes underestimate what it means by capacity of Government to deliver these development programmes. The African bureaucracies we have to make implementation a challenge,” he said.

Mr Rotich said solutions to ensure full implementation included having timely and reliable data, strong monitoring frameworks and enhancing coordination.

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