Collapse 13 tourism bodies into Kenya Tourist Board

In Summary

• In February Treasury CS Ukur Yatani said 400 state bodies needed to be closed
• In 2013 a Parastatal Task Force recommended that 262 bodies be rationalised but nothing happened

Tourists arrive at Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
Tourists arrive at Moi International Airport in Mombasa.
Image: FILE

The Covid crisis forces the private sector to press the Reset button. A collapse in revenue and traditional ways of doing business demands new ways to operate more economically and efficiently.

The same opportunity applies to government. In 2013 President Uhuru Kenyatta  commissioned a survey of how parastatals and state bodies could be simply rationalised. But this report was never acted upon, perhaps because the political class resented the loss of patronage that it implied.

Government has to think differently. The Covid crisis has depleted the Treasury. 


In February, Treasury CS Ukur Yatani suggested that Kenya needs to close 400 state bodies and regulatory agencies.

Government should start with tourism which has 13 parastatals. What's the real difference between the Tourism Finance Corporation and a Tourism Fund? Why have a Tourism Research Institute and a Tourism Regulatory Authority outside the ministry? The National Convention Bureau wants to bring international conferences to Kenya but shouldn't that be the job of KTB?

The tourism bodies should be collapsed into departments inside the Kenya Tourism Board, or just be made departments in the Tourism ministry. That will save a lot of money.

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