World Bank to fund new e-service plan in Kenya

Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 06:30 | By
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The World Bank has said it would fund an e-service programme aimed at strengthening governance by enhancing revenue mobilisation in Kenya.

The development objective of the Second Programme for Strengthening Governance for Enabling Service Delivery and Public Investment in Kenya (GESDeK II) Project, which will involve $250 million, is to enhance revenue mobilisation and deepen accountability and transparency in public finance management at the national government level.

It will benefit 485 ministries, departments, and agencies, as well as 240,000 registered firms, and 18 million citizens who will be using e-services.

“This new programme will incentivise the last mile of a decade of public financial management reforms in Kenya, including their full rollout across national government ministries, departments, and agencies,” Keith Hansen, World Bank country director for Kenya, said in a statement issued in Nairobi.

Hansen said the programme will enhance revenue mobilisation, strengthen accountability and transparency in public finance management, improve coordination of priority programmes, and promote external audit and oversight at the national government level.

He also said the Kenyan government needs higher revenue mobilisation to operationalise its development agenda.

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