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The Department of Internal trade is responsible for trade development policy, promotion of retail and wholesale markets and promotion of regional trade (EAC and COMESA).

Mission: To Facilitate Orderly Growth and Development of Domestic Trade in Kenya.

Vision: To Be a Leader in Promoting Competitive Domestic Trade in Kenya.

From the above two broad mandates, the Department of Internal Trade derives her functions as:-

  • Formulation, review and monitoring implementation of domestic trade policies in collaboration with county governments;
  • Monitor the impact of trade policies and practices on domestic trade;
  • Conduct research on trade related matters e.g. in product design, marketing, distribution, and use of ICT and E-commerce;
  • Coordination of the activities of all national institutions and agencies responsible for facilitation of domestic to provide trade support services through trade facilitation, access to business information , advice on standards, packaging, quality control, marketing and distributional channels .
  • Promotion of wholesale and retail trade and markets through initiatives such as:-
    • Promoting programmes on franchising in wholesale business in rural areas;
    • Developing skills upgrading programs in wholesaling and distribution;
    • Identifying areas where markets can be established
    • Establishment and construction of wholesale hubs and tier 1 retail markets;
    • Simplification of business licensing (One Stop Shop for licensing, registration and taxation);
    • Facilitate the establishment of BMOs and promotion of the formation of Producer Business Groups.
  • Facilitating increased access to trade finance for the development of Micro and Small Enterprises
  • Provision of business advisory services to BMOs to enhance competitiveness, growth and development of their enterprises
  • Profiling of Domestic markets to promote trade and investment opportunities
  • Liaison with County Governments and other relevant stakeholders on promotion of trade development programmes and activities

The Department is organized in three Divisions namely Trade Policy Division; Business Support Services Division; and Trade Monitoring and Research Division. The responsibility of the divisions are listed below:

Trade Policy Division

  • Formulation and review of domestic trade policies
  • Identify Trade Policy issues impacting on the competitiveness and growth of trade and investment
  • Undertake research on trade policy issues
  • Publicize, articulate and explain the research findings and recommendation to the stakeholders
  • Promotion of use of E-Commerce
  • Collaborate and monitor trade development activities in counties in the Rift valley and Nairobi regions

Business Support Services Division

  • Promoting and facilitating cross border trade
  • Facilitating increased access to trade finance
  • Provision of trade information to stakeholders
  • Conduct research on trade related matters
  • Facilitate Market Access
  • Collaborate and monitor trade development activities in counties in Nyanza, Western and Central Regions

Trade Monitoring and Research Division

  • Implementation of Vision 2030 flagship projects aimed at improving the supply chain in the country
  • Conduct research on trade related matters
  • Publicize, articulate and explain the research findings and recommendation to the stakeholders
  • Gathering and dissemination of trade information
  • Profile the domestic markets to map trade opportunities
  • Collaborate and monitor trade development activities in counties in Eastern, North Eastern and Coast Regions