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Re-Imagine Business in Kenya Program Launched

  Oct 8, 2014

Strathmore Business School (SBS) in partnership with IBM Research Africa and the Ministry of industrialization launched the Business Environment Delivery Unit .This event was enabled by the signing of an MOU between the institutions involved.
The Launch was marked by his Excellency the Deputy President of Kenya Hon. William Ruto, E.G.H. on Wednesday 8th October, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Nairobi. The goal of this program is to improve Kenya’s global ranking in the ease of doing business. This will be done based on the key indicators used by World Bank in ranking countries.

Speaking at the signing Dr. Hilda Mogire, Director Research and Academics Strathmore Business School mentioned, “SBS is ready to support this unit through leveraging on its expertise as a Business School. Being a training institution our role is to ensure that we give the right human resource to the country.”

Strathmore is driven by the mission of “service to society through developing virtuous leaders by providing world-class executive management education in a local setting”. Dr. Mogire further urged the government to ensure that the Business Environment Delivery unit disseminates the right information to the public more specifically in the reformed agenda.”

In his keynote address, His Excellency, the Deputy President Hon. William Ruto reiterated the government’s commitment to transform Kenya into an upper middle economy, which is driven by industrialization and entrepreneurship; “this will make regional and overseas investors to gravitate towards Kenya” he noted. He called on the involved parties to come up with key performance indicators and mentioned his willingness to chair quarterly meetings so as to follow up on the progress of this initiative. He further stated, “Together we can grow our economy, however in this endeavor time is of essence. It is a huge assignment, but it is do-able and I give you my assurance that as the Government of Kenya, we will not let you down.”

The initial program will last 6 months, beginning in October, 2014. Ten top Fellows have been selected and appointed using a competitive recruitment process; they have been trained by Strathmore and IBM Research staff on ease of doing business concepts and business process optimization. These Fellows will then embark upon activities including process discovery and documentation of process across various sectors, and design of new processes and client engagement models.
To conclude the program, the Fellows will deploy one of the new processes per sector to demonstrate viability of the to-be design.

The outcome of this Business Environment Delivery Unit is to improve Kenya’s Global Ranking and the clients experience for doing business in Kenya. This will in return set Kenya as a preferred business destination.

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