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Street kids washing shoes of pedestrians to get a coin

Covid-19 pandemic has made schools close due to its wide spread effect on everyone.

At first all children were forced to stay at home but recently the ministry of education in Kenya announced on Monday October 12th as the opening date for Grade 4, Class 8 and Form Four student for back to school, so that their transition to the next phase would not be severely affected.

They resumed for second term, since before the virus they had already been done with term one. This period will take a maximum of 11 weeks, then schools close on December 23. It will be a short holiday for the candidates and Grade Four learners as they are expected to resume classes on January 4, 2021.

2020 candidates are still expected to sit for their national exams on March 2021.

Since most candidates have their IDs, they engaged in ‘Kazi Mtaani’ which was introduced by the president so that at least people/youths can get some money to keep up with the hard economic times brought about by the pandemic.

Most youths from my area got platforms as salespersons for upcoming sales companies.

Ever since the pandemic came along, I have seen many children helping their parents in their small scale businesses. Some selling ice creams, ice (ice pop), ‘simsim’, clothes, shoes, water and even help sell in their parents shops.

Youths helping their parents in running their businesses today is a positive impact to them in many ways.

It keeps them busy rather than idling which may drive them to engage in drugs and other anti-social behaviors, it also keeps them away from bad company.

It gives them first hand exposure on how the real world of business works and become familiar with it hence even when they are done with school it won’t be difficult for them to fit in the business sector.

Remember to be part of our 4th Xmas celebration with street kids and the homeless by donation and volunteering to fund drive; www.cotakenya.org/donate

25 Nov, 2021

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Investing in Kenya

By Peninah Owila,

With the city that never sleeps, Nairobi, as the financial center of the country’s vibrant market, Kenya is one of the most attractive places to invest in. The country has a market-based economy with major industries such as forestry, fishing, mining, tourism, energy, financial services, and agriculture. Recording gross domestic produce of $ 99.246 billion as of 2019, the country is ranked as 62nd amongst the world’s largest economies. In East and Central Africa, it’s the leading with a per capita GDP of $ 2,010. The country also has liberalized external trade systems making it investment-friendly.

Foreign direct investments in Kenya are not so much regulated except for where state corporations have to maintain their monopoly. This includes areas such as firearms, currency printing and port infrastructure. The government has set up agencies that are mandated with the responsibility of promoting and assisting foreign investments. They include

  • The Kenya Investment Authority which assist foreign investors in settling their businesses.
  • Export Processing Zones Authority to issue licenses to companies that want to create EPZs.
  • Kenya Revenue Authority which collects revenue on behalf of the government.
  • Kenya Industrial Property Institute which is in charge of administering intellectual property
  • The ministry of mining which issues licensed to potential mining companies.

On the legal documents, one must have to invest in Kenya, the following are included.

  • Certificate of incorporation
  • Investment certificate
  • Operating agreement
  • Patent/copyright registration
  • Insurance policy
  • Non-disclosure agreement
  • Business plan and
  • Business license

The Kenya Investment Authority is only allowed to issue the investment certificate to a potential investor who is willing to stake $ 100,000. The proposed investment plan should be well defined by the investor to provide a clear outline of how the investment is set to benefit the locals. This is with regard to increasing tax generation, job creation for the country’s citizens, improving their technology, and skill development.

The organization mandated with the collection of revenue, Kenya Revenue Authority, further requires an investor residing out of the country.

  • Letter of introduction
  • Pin number of a registered tax agent
  • Kenya Revenue Authority pin application acknowledgment receipt
  • Endorsement letter from the Kenya Investment Authority
  • A valid tax compliance certificate
  • Documentary proof of investment
  • Letter of appointment of the tax agent
  • Certified and colored passport
  • Letter of appointment

There are no special laws that are directed towards any investor. Both local and foreign investors are treated equally. Further information on these legal requirements is fully available on the Immigration Kenya website.

The geographical position of at the cost of the Indian Ocean provides a reliable import and export means through the harbors. This provides the investor with a suitable means of transportation of raw materials and finished goods. Along with the proper and established infrastructure, the products necessary to be moved are easily transported using means like the new standard gauge railway. The government has also been working towards building roads and improving communication systems for conducive business operation environments for the investors. The Kenyan market is also flooded with readily available labor that comes at a reasonable price to help any investors kick-off and succeed. The well-diversified economy should be in a position to accommodate a well-structured plan for proper execution and eventual success.

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