Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Dr. Chris K. Kiptoo, CBS is the Principal Secretary (PS) for the Ministry of Environment and Forestry. He was reassigned to this Ministry by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta in January, 2020. Prior to this new assignment, Dr. Kiptoo was the immediate Principal Secretary, State Department for Trade in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives. He held the docket since December, 2015.

 While in Trade, Dr. Kiptoo was able to accomplish a lot in four years he has been the Principal Secretary. Just to name a few; he was able to oversee the conclusions of the negotiations, signing and Ratification of the East Africa Community (EAC) – European Union (EU) Economic Partnership Agreement(EPA) (EAC – EU EPA), development of the National Trade Policy (NTP) which was jointly undertaken together by the National Government and County Governments, establishment of the National Trade Facilitation Committee (NTFC), Development of the Integrated National Export Development and Promotion Strategy (INEDPS), provided leadership in the establishment of Kenya National Commodities Exchange (KOMEX) , Spearheaded reforms in the Retail Sector and development of Kenya’s e-trade portals which made Kenya the 1st country in the East Africa Community (EAC) and Sub Saharan Africa (SSA) to comply with Article 1 of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement.

Also Dr. Kiptoo was able to address the staffing challenges he found at the State Department for Trade where he managed to convince the Public Service Commission to allow for the recruitment of 87 new Trade Development Officers at entry level and oversaw the promotion of the existing officers to various cadres to address succession management. He was also able to guide the process of the completion of stalled development projects including finalisation of the construction of the Kenya Institute of Business Training Institute (KIBT) building in Parklands, Nairobi.

Dr. Kiptoo, also Chaired the Kenya National Trade Negotiations Council (NTNC) where he led Kenya’s negotiating teams in various trade negotiations forums at Bilateral, Regional and Multilateral Level. These includes Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and some World Trade Organizations Mini- Ministerial Meetings among others. Further, Dr. Kiptoo also spearheaded the formation of the Kenya Trade Remedies Agency (KETRA) which aims to address issues of unfair import trade practices. The Agency is expected to undertake investigations and recommend remedial measures to protect domestic Industry from unfair import trade practices such as dumping, negative subsidy effects and import surges. During his tenure, he was able to conceive and put into reality the flagship Annual Kenya Trade Week event which provided a forum for private public discourse on topical trade issues affecting Kenya and showcasing the best that Kenya has to offer to the rest of the World.

Before his appointment as Principal Secretary Trade, Dr. Kiptoo worked for three years at TradeMark East Africa’s (TMEA) as the Kenya Country Director. His main responsibility was to manage and monitor TMEA’s Kenya country programmes which were in the fields of regional trade, infrastructure development, modern customs systems, and institutional development of Government agencies. Dr. Kiptoo is widely credited for having competently steered the TMEA Kenya Country Programme especially the revamping of the Mombasa Port infrastructure capacity and efficiency improvement. He played a lead coordination role in the development of the Mombasa Port Community Charter (MPCC) that was signed by 25 trade facilitation agencies in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta on 30th June 2014 which aimed at improving and enhancing the efficiency and competitiveness of the Port of Mombasa as the gateway to East Africa.

Dr. Kiptoo has also worked at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) – Kenya, Capital Markets Authority (CMA), Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB). Dr. Kiptoo has a lot of expertise on areas related to; international trade and finance including monetary policy, financial sector issues, national accounts in addition to other aspects of macroeconomic accounting and modelling. Dr. Kiptoo is a self-motivated and seasoned economist with strong analytical and interpersonal skills and demonstrable managerial and leadership experiences. Dr. Kiptoo holds several qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) in International Macroeconomics Finance Specialization – from the University of Nairobi). He is also an Accredited Fellow of the Macroeconomic & Financial Management Institute of Eastern & Southern Africa (MEFMI), in the field of macroeconomic management. He is also an Associate of Kenya Chartered Institute of Bankers (A.K.I.B).

 Dr. Kiptoo has a lot of passion for environmental conservation. He has been leading the efforts to rehabilitate and conserve the Kaptagat Forest ecosystem through planting of trees in line with the national goals of increasing Kenya’s forest cover to above 10%.

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