President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued an Executive Order which establishes a framework for the management, coordination and integration of Kenya’s public ports , railway and pipeline services under the Kenya Transport and Logistics Network (KTLN).
According to the State House Spokesperson Kanze Dena, The KTLN network will bring together Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Railways Corporation and Kenya Pipeline Company Limited under the coordination of the Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC), a move that will enhance efficiency and effective service to the general public so as to achieve Kenya’s strategic agenda of becoming a regional logistics hub.
The new structure, according to Statehouse is expected to lead to the lowering of the cost of doing business in the country through the provision of port, rail and pipeline infrastructure in a cost effective and efficient manner, and within acceptable shared benchmark standards.
It will also allow for the centralization and coordination of operations without amending the existing laws or causing undue disruption to the legal structuring of the State entities helping to secure comfort with the concept, and utilize the experience to guide the development of a more permanent legally structured organization.
The four State agencies which initially were under the Ministry of Transport have been transferred to the National Treasury in line with the recommendations of the Presidential Taskforce on Parastatal Reforms, the ICDC will act as a holding company to the three agencies, and be responsible for the management of the State’s investments in Ports, Rail and Pipeline services.
The National Treasury has also been directed to strengthen its internal capacity by securing the necessary technical skills and competencies needed to effectively oversee investment portfolio management, and the setting up, monitoring and reporting of the financial performance of commercial State corporations
Source: State House Kenya