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Kenya - CIPE partner the Kenya Alliance of Street Vendors and Informal Traders (KENASVIT) attended a conference organized by the Organization of Africa Trade Union Unity on issues faced by informal sector workers. Representatives from 15 African countries attended the forum and discussed issues such as advocating the Kenyan government to implement the Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) Act, which provides a framework for MSE promotion, development, and regulation.

Kenya - CIPE partner the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) held a number of meetings with public officials to discuss issues of concern for its members, including damages and losses due to sewer problems, private sector plans to improve housing at a local police station in order to improve security in the area, and private sector input to the issue of improving port efficiency as a follow on to the recent signing of a charter with the Kenyan government. CIPE is supporting KAM to represent and advocate on behalf of its members in Kenya.

Kenya - CIPE partner the National Tax Association (NTA) is creating a scorecard to provide citizen input into the budget process across Kenya. In Nyeri, NTA met with representatives of the county government to introduce a newly developed budget monitoring tool and to discuss possible collaboration. They agreed to test the tool in Nyeri after developing and signing a memorandum of understanding and to liaise directly with the County Executive Committee on Finance and Economic Planning on information sharing. CIPE is working with NTA to develop a tool that can be used by county governments and civil society to improve transparency and accountability in the county budget process.

Senegal - CIPE partner l'Union National des Commerçants et Industriels du Senegal (UNACOIS) conducted a high-level meeting with government officials to establish a public-private partnership on the implementation of the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE). The PSE is a multi-decade, comprehensive economic development plan initiated by Senegal’s President in 2012. At the meeting, UNACOIS members and national economic ministers, including the Minister for the PSE, discussed a strategy to ensure the active involvement of the private sector during implementation of the PSE. The public and private sector attendees detailed sector-based objectives and actionable steps to take during the first five-years of the PSE.

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