The Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Hon Peter Munya, has appointed a ten-member task force that will push reforms in institutions/agencies involved in the standards and quality infrastructure ecosystem in the country.
Known as the National Task Force on Standards and Quality Infrastructure Reforms, it is expected to review and evaluate the weaknesses and shortcomings of the entire Standards and Quality Infrastructure, institutional architecture and arrangement with the aim to meet the country’s goals of managing and mitigating risks to quality,health, safety, environment, fair trade practices, and consumer protection among others.
According to a statement from Ministry of Industry,Trade and Cooperatives, the task force shall comprise of a chairperson; four government representatives with various expertise including Legal and Policy competency, Institutional HR competency, Customs Administration, Security Services represented by Kenya Law Reform Commission(KLRC), Directorate of Personnel Management (DPM), Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA) and the National Police Service (NPS) respectively; two Private Sector Membersto be nominated by the Boards of the Associations, and three Independents Members from Academia/Research,Institutional design and system and Non-affiliated professional of good standing.
They include Wachira Maina as the chairperson.
The Members are Ms Joan Onyango Kenya Law Reform Commission (KLRC), David William Okoth – Directorate of Personnel Management (DPM), Henry Barmo – National Police Service (NPS), Humphrey Njogu – Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research & Analysis(KIPRRA), Job Wanjohi – Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Patrick Nyangweso – Kenya National Chamber of Commerce (KNCC) and I/SMEs, Mrs Evah Oduor, Julius Kimathi Amundi, Dr. Gumato U. Yatani and Eng. Moses Wafula.
The joint secretaries are Joseph Mutuku Mbeva as head of secretariat. The others are Ms Susan M. Ochieng–Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS), Mrs Esther Njeri Ngari– Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and Raphael Gichora–Weights and Measures
The main aspects to be reviewed include policy, legal and legislative frameworks; institutional roles,objectives, functions and operational scopes; opportunities and risks posed by discretionary powers in the implementation, monitoring and enforcement of standards and related regulations; inter-agency coordination and cooperation in the standards enforcement and monitoring; institutional capacities to execute their functions among others.
Additionally, the taskforce is also expected to make specific recommendations to the Kenya Bureau of Standards regarding institutional weaknesses, the recruitment, appointment,contracting and monitoring of third-party conformity assessment services and performance and management of the PVoC programme.
“With an office term limit of three months from the date of the publication of the Gazette notice, the TaskForce shall be answerable to the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.” Said the statement.