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CRA HOLDS STAKEHOLDER VALIDATION WORKSHOP FOR ITS STRATEGIC PLAN

CRA Commissioners, staff and stakeholders at the Strategic Planning Meeting.

The Commission held a stakeholder validation workshop to discuss its Second Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2022. The workshop brought together participants from National Treasury, the Judiciary, Senate, National Assembly, County Assemblies Forum, Council of Governors, constitutional commissions and independent offices, the counties of Kakamega, Wajir, Kitui, Meru, Nakuru, donors who included Ahadi Kenya a USAID funded project, UN Women, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Civil society was represented by the International Budget Partnership, and The Institute for Social Accountability. Participants from the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the Kenya Association of Manufacturers the Capital Markets Authority and Vision 2030 were also present.

Some of the key issues raised by the stakeholders included the need for the Commission to address national interest as stipulated in Article 203 and its impact on Division of Revenue (DORA) in relation to the work of the Commission on Equitable Revenue Sharing. On public financial management the Commission was challenged to include strategies that focus on county budgeting, budget execution, financial reporting and accounting in addition to county expenditure.

It was further stated that on revenue enhancement, strategies on the review of finance bills and other revenue laws are to be included in the plan. On transitional equalization, the Commission was urged to include security as a criteria to be considered under marginalization. Additionally, advocacy and lobbying are needed to get stakeholder buy in with regards to the shift of marginalized areas being considered as counties to lower administrative areas such as sub-locations and wards.

The need to have a strong reporting, monitoring and evaluation aspect in relation to tracking implementation of the Commission’s strategies was also identified. On resource mobilization, participants stated the need to have strategies linked to this being clearly flagged out.

The Commission will review the stakeholders input with a view to incorporating the comments as appropriate.

 

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