Governor Muriithi To Be Guest Speaker At Strathmore University Public Policy Webinar

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HE. Governor Ndiritu Muriithi will be a guest speaker at a high level webinar on Public Policy webinar organized by Strathmore University Business School (SBS).
With a population of over 5,000 students, Strathmore University is one of the most respected private institutions of higher learning in the region. It was started in 1961 as an A-Level College by a group of professionals, who were inspired and encouraged by Saint Josémaria Escrivá, founder of Opus Dei.
In 1966 the School of Accountancy opened to train accountants for Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania and in 1991 the university introduced Information Technology Courses.
The webinar themed "Positioning Counties for Dynamic Growth and Transformation through Competitiveness" will take place on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 from 2:30pm to 4:30pm EAT.
Laikipia has a vibrant innovation and enterprise development programme that is currently hand-holding about 300 SMEs to upscale their production. The county government in partnership with a local start-up Sagak Tech Automobiles, has ventured into mass production of a four-wheeler Tuktuk.
It has also partnered with Dedan Kimathi University of Technology to make a ventilator. The Governor has also initiated a wide range of reforms in the county public service to make it professional. These reforms are hinged on innovation and technology.
Laikipia has successfully negotiated with several banks a Kes. 3 billion stimulus package for local SMEs affected by Covid-19 pandemic. Under the package, about 5,000 businesses will be able to access subsidized loans to push the back to the tracks after the disruption by the disease.
The overarching goal of this event is to discuss and develop specific understanding of how counties can enhance productivity and competitiveness through innovation, the executive dean, Dr George N Njenga noted.
Governor Ndiritu Muriithi is a seasoned economist and financial markets expert with over 25 years experience in leadership and management within diverse settings in Kenya, South Africa, Canada and Australia.
An accomplished practitioner in the African financial markets, he has spearheaded numerous financial market strengthening initiatives across African countries covering establishment of credit sharing and scoring institutions, improved bond market function, expansion of mortgage markets, and even growth of women-owned enterprises.
He was primarily involved in the design and implementation of these programmes and contributed substantively to the development of financial markets that provide required services to many nations.
Beyond his work in financial markets, Governor Ndiritu Muriithi previously served as an Assistant Minister for Industrialization for five (5) years and drove reforms to improve the environment for doing business, and improving incentives to promote investments.
He was also involved in the development of policy and law related to finance and economics such as legislation governing establishment of credit bureau, interest rates, taxation and other fiscal measures.
Specifically, he contributed to legislative frameworks for banking and small businesses including successfully advocating for amendments to the Banking Act in 2006, to allow for credit reporting, a key pillar in improving access to finance; resolving an impasse in the passing of the Finance Bill 2011/2012, dropping of the legislation for fixing interest rates, and introducing the Kenya Bankers Reference Rate for use in loan pricing; as well as promoting and championing the passing of the SME Act which resulted in a comprehensive and coherent framework to promote small enterprise development in Kenya.
This demonstrated mastery of the economic and financial matters, especially within the Kenyan context, has earned him the recognition as a well-respected and regular contributor to magazines, journals, and TV programs on various topical economic issues.

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