By Donald Kogai
The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the
apex body of the private sector in Kenya,
resolved to engage all its members to
begin to calculate the projected economic
impact of Coronavirus in each sector.
The collated input will inform the development
of a rapid response mitigation plan to minimize
the impact of the outbreak on the Kenyan
It will also allow the private sector to measure
the impact of the expected global slowdown of
trade on Kenya.
KEPSA is encouraged by Executive Order No 2
of 2020 issued by President Uhuru Kenyatta,
which provides a platform to address the
national emergency efforts on the outbreak.
KEPSA will present collated members’
proposals (see the enclosed list of members)
during the quarterly engagement with the
National Development Implementation and
Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICC)
Roundtable chaired by Cabinet Secretary Dr.
Fred Matiang’i in early March and work with the
government on economic mitigation actions
during this season that will affect both big and
small business and feed to the new established
task force by government on our area of
Also, some of our private sector players with a
critical reliance on imports from some of the
affected regions are activating other supply
chains and sourcing options to mitigate
imminent disruptions before global trade
settles back to normality.
In regards to the health concerns, the KEPSA
health sector board, Kenya Healthcare
Federation (KHF), is working closely with the
Ministry of Health on joint activities to ensure
coordinated and regular communication
updates to the public.
We will continue to play our role as the private
sector in our contribution to the economy.