The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has called on the government to gradually reopen the economy to sustain it while supporting all health responses.
While giving their submission to the National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICCC), the alliance’s CEO Carol Karuga argued that the country is to live with the coronavirus ad as such the government needs to ensure there is continued economic activity while implementing the safeguard measures.
“Coronavirus is the new global reality. We are working hard to protect our people and curb the spread whilst, getting the economy on a recovery path through ensuring both formal and informal sectors resume normalcy,” Carole Karuga said. “The Government and the private sector can develop a practical recovery strategy that balances health, economic, and societal needs respectively.”
While agreeing with Carol Karuga, Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i who chairs the NDICCC, reiterated that the government will soon be rolling out a comprehensive recovery plan including the recently launched eight- plan stimulus. He also assured the private sector that their economic interventions will be considered in the rollout.
“All the proposals presented by KEPSA will be consolidated into a white paper of private sector protocols as the government considers easing containment measures, Where there are gaps, it is imperative to address them now as the government is working on the 2020/2021 budget that will incorporate the CRP.”Dr. Matiang’i said.
According to KEPSA, the reopening of the economy should be done considerably in phases beginning with the reduction of curfew hours to allow sectors that are not essential service providers to move freely and drive the economy. The proposals also included the reopening of government offices like the Judiciary which offer critical services.
According to KEPSA, the intended roll-out should also involve considered reopening of inter-county movements particularly to allow farmers to sell their goods to other locations. The alliance, however, reiterated their commitment to multi-sectoral efforts aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19.
“We encourage the public to continue to play its part in preventing the spread of the virus as we advance the efforts and conversations on the opening of the economy,” Karuga concluded.