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Eight in ten Kenyans work in informal sector – CS Bore

CS says cushioning the informal sector workers through interventions like; improving safety, income protection, and health coverage for informal sector workers is critical.

The Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Labour and Social Protection Florence Bore disclosed Thursday that 8 in every 10 Kenyans are in the informal sector and rural economy.

Bore made the announcement during the launch of a strategy to extend the coverage of workers in the informal and rural economy with social protection.

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With the risks in the various life cycles, she noted that cushioning the informal sector workers through interventions like; improving safety, income protection, and health coverage for informal sector workers is critical.

“Extending social protection coverage to workers in the informal economy is a priority under the Bottom-up Transformation Agenda and a key factor in building a comprehensive, adequate, and sustainable social protection system for all Kenyans,” she said

The strategy, according to CS Bore, ensures adequacy of social protection programmes that are inclusive for workers in the informal sector and outlines specific steps to address major barriers faced by these workers.

She described the strategy as a milestone in the Social Protection sector, noting that it demonstrates “commitment of the Government in ensuring all Kenyans live in dignity and exploit their human capabilities as envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya,”

She further said the strategy is a step closer to “Leaving no one behind”.

Those present during the launch included; PS for Social Protection and Senior Citizens Affairs, Joseph Motari, Representatives from COTU, FKE, ILO, NSSF, MSEA , NHIF , UNHCR , UNICEF among other distinguished partners.

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