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Kenya and the United States will continue to cooperate on security in the region, even as both sides focus on advancing economic ties.

Ahead of the first Bilateral Strategic Dialogue in Washington on Tuesday, Kenyan government officials say they expect the meeting to also cement security deals focusing on terrorism, policing and border protection.

“The two countries are expected to sign the agreement to guide the Strategic Dialogue and the Security Governance Initiative Joint Action Plan, to enhance civilian security and governance cooperation,” said a dispatch from the Foreign Affairs ministry.

The Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma is leading the Kenyan delegation to Washington and is accompanied by her Interior counterpart Fred Matiang’i and several senior officials.

Kenya and the US will be seeking to strengthen ties on investments and trade, security and defence, governance and multilateral issues such as in the United Nations or African Union.

SECURITY
The Security Governance Initiative (SGI) is an Obama-era policy which started in 2015 to help allies improve their security and policing, and address transnational threats. It involves Kenya, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia, countries which Washington is supporting to improve their police departments to be responsive to public needs.

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In Kenya, the SGI’s focus is on border security management, improvement of police services and administration of justice, as well as fighting violence extremism.

Once the Action Plan is signed, both countries will agree on timelines to implement policies that will aid in improving security in the country. So far, the border management, laws on illicit weapon trafficking, and an analysis of police shortages have been done under the SGI.

The US has been Kenya’s strategic partner in war on terror, from supplying equipment to launching drone attacks on targeted militants inside Somalia.

But security could be US President Donald Trump’s a longer route to economic ties. The Dialogue is President Trump’s initiative, after he met with President Uhuru Kenyatta last year, to focus on areas Washington shares with Nairobi.

After the Washington meeting, the two leaders announced they had elevated their 50-year relations to strategic partnership, implying privileged relations that cover political, economic, social and historical issues and can be done in security, governance and investments.

Ideally, such relationship is supposed to be for mutual benefits or interests, but sometimes in can involve managed rivalry. Kenya also enjoys a similar arrangement with China.

Dr Juma said the economic and investment pillar will see “Kenya and US aim to step up collaboration that grows the economy through generating jobs and building technical capacity.”

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“Kenya and the United States will seek to deepen economic ties through maximising Kenya’s trade under the African Growth and Opportunity (Agoa) Act,” she said referring to the US law that grants certain privileges to African exporters into the US market without paying duty.

Agoa is due to expire in 2025 after it was extended for 10 years for the second time in 2015. And President Trump has sought a replacement he argues will be more beneficial to both the US and African partners.

Kenya already enjoys significant trade volumes, standing an average of Sh100 billion, with more than Sh40 billion worth of exports to the US under the Agoa Act in 2017.

source:nation.co.ke

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Safaricom achieves 50pc female employees target

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Safaricom says it has achieved 50 percent share of female employees on its payroll, coming amid an increase in the number of direct and indirect jobs it sustained in the last financial year growing nine percent to 979,000.

This is according to the telco’s 2019 Sustainable Business Report released on Thursday in which the firm also announced a plan to plant five million trees in the next five years as part of a carbon offset programme.

“We have achieved a 50:50 gender balance among our employees and 34 percent of senior management are women. In addition, 2.1 percent of our staff are persons living with disabilities,” the report notes.

In the year under review, the firm says 178 women-owned businesses were pre-qualified under its Women in Business initiative.

The firm supports 167,083 M-Pesa agents, 433 dealers, 1,138 suppliers, 4,503 permanent employees as well as other stakeholders.

The company had a staff headcount of 6,323 (permanent and contract staff) as at March 2019, an increase from 6,130 in 2018.

The latest Sustainable Business Report also notes that the telco disciplined 78 staff in the last financial year, even as an earlier released annual report had indicated that Safaricom fired 31 employees in the year ended March 2019 over fraud.

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“We consistently review our compliance with regulatory obligations, particularly those surrounding fraud, corruption and anti-money laundering legislation,” the report adds.

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We are seeking an experienced Business Manager to lead and oversee the work of employees in our Optiven Construction company.  The eligible person will be responsible for ensuring the efficiency of business operations as well as setting strategic goals for the future.

Optiven Construction Company is based in Kitengela, Namanga Road, Acacia Junction, we are known to be the leading manufacturing company in construction items majorly Cabros, Hollow Blocks, Paving Slabs, Road Channels, Road Kerbs, Wall Copings, Culverts, Louvers, Fencing poles and many others.

The successful candidate will be a competent leader able to provide guidance that enhances performance in a manner which incorporates the company’s vision and culture. The goal will be to ensure the profitability of our company’s activities to drive sustainable development and long-term success.

Reporting to: Company Directors.
Location: Kitengela

Duties and Responsibilities

Business Development & Marketing

  • Developing business management goals and objectives that lead to growth and prosperity.
  • Designing and implementing business plans and strategies to promote the attainment of goals.
  • Maximizing new business development opportunities for the organization.
  • Gathering, analyzing and interpreting external and internal data and write reports.
  • Coordinating activities that affect operational decisions and business requirements.
  • Representing the company in meetings and events i.e. exhibitions, conferences, Activations and other construction or real estate projects.
  • Identifying and targeting areas in which a business can improve operation
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Procurement Management

  • Maintaining relationships with vendors & suppliers.
  • Participating in purchases of materials and services required for production.
  • Ensuring effective purchases of raw materials without compromising quality & with price sensitivity.
  • Ensuring that the company has the adequate and suitable resources to complete its activities (e.g. material, equipment etc.)
  • Sourcing for bids and tenders & coordinating with internal departments for Supply.
  • Proposing the best technical and economic solutions (quality, cost & deadlines)
  • Communicating any changes in the order or delivery date to relevant parties.

Financial Management

  • Assessing overall company financial performance and report on daily sales and production.
  • Monitoring revenue margins, maximizing revenue through innovative sales practices and yield management programs.
  • Preparing financial projections, reports and targets and reporting to the directors on a Monthly at times weekly basis.
  • Advising management on financial related matters.

People Management

  • Ensuring adherence to legal rules and guidelines.
  • Determining hiring needs, overseeing assignment of employees and planning staff development.
  • Overseeing employees’ productivity.
  • Organizing and coordinating operations in ways that ensure maximum productivity.
  • Supervising the work of employees and provide feedback and counsel to improve efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Motivating, mentoring and providing direction to the team

Customer Relationship Management

  • Be fully conversant with the commercial and technical requirements of customers.
  • Discussing monthly customer complaint reports with the management and offer solutions.
  • Meeting existing and potential clients, identifying and gathering their specific needs at an early stage.
  • Securing the relationship with the clients until the achievement of their projects.
  • Be the face of company and day to day point of contact with clients in all regions.
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Requirements: – Abilities, Knowledge and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Economics or Civil engineering.
  • Great Exposure to Sales and Marketing Initiatives
  • Strong communication, organizational, presentation and negotiation skills
  • Ability to take ownership, working independently and meeting deadlines
  • Possess personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and commitment to company mission
  •  Ability to engage and motivate others.
  • Strong reporting skills.
  • Excellent in developing customer relationships and customer service
  • Professionalism, high level of maturity, good character with positive values

Applicants who meet the above criteria are required to send their applications torecruitment@optiven.co.ke with “BUSINESS MANAGER” being the subject of the email and with detailed CV,names & addresses of three referees.  Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Note: We do not charge any fee for recruitment.

 

 

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DPP Haji now targets Keroche power couple with Sh14 billion tax evasion suit

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DPP Noordin Haji has ordered for the arrest and arraignment of Keroche Breweries directors Tabitha Karanja and Joseph Karanja for allegedly evading taxes amounting Sh14.45 billion since 2015.

In a statement to newsrooms, the DPP said investigations revealed that the directors could be culpable of 10 counts of tax fraud between January 2015 to June 2019.

The DPP said the KRA commissioner general submitted an inquiry file to his office on August 18 and an audit by KRA established that Keroche Breweries had evaded payment of tax tallying to Sh14,451,836,375.

The amount evaded, according to the DPP, included stamps valued at Sh329,424,019, Crescent Vodka brand valued at Sh135,402,950 among other products registered under the company.

The exercise duty evaded on the said products, according to KRA, amounted to Sh2,101,846,768 billion.

IN PUBLIC INTEREST

The DPP says that he is satisfied that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to charge the suspects with 10 counts of tax fraud contrary to the Tax Procedures Act of 2015.

For more than a decade, Keroche has been battling with Kenya Revenue Authority over tax arrears the brewer owes the taxman.

In 2017, a three-judge Court of Appeal bench ruled that KRA had abused its powers by sending a tax demand of the three tax heads and penalties amounting to Sh1.1 billion through a letter dated November 29, 2006.

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The ruling was the third in the 10-year battle in favour of the brewer, which gave them a fresh lease of life to the 20-year-old Keroche.

The letter was dismissed as unreasonable because it had come without an accompanying schedule of details of the said assessment and without proper notices.

The revenue authority had appealed an earlier decision by the High Court on July 6, 2007, where Justice Joseph Nyamu had prohibited the taxman from demanding the taxes, citing “abuse of powers”.

The taxman, who was also demanding an additional Value Added Tax of Sh305 million, was basing the tax bill on an assessment carried out in 2006, where some Keroche products had allegedly not been given the right classification, hence being subject to lower taxation.

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