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The State Department of Trade was established in 2016 with mandate transcending domestic and international trade. The Department is to perform the following functions:

  • Trade Policy
  • Buy Kenya Policy
  • Promotion of Retail and wholesale Markets
  • Export Promotion
  • Fair Trade Practices
  • Coordination of Regional Trade matters – COMESA, AGOA, IOR-ARC & IGAD
  • Trade Negotiations and Advisory Services
  • Enforcement of International Trade Laws, Regulations and Agreements

The functions are discharged through five Directorates and the following State Corporation: Anti-Counterfeit Agency (; Brand Kenya Board (; Export Promotion Council (; Kenya National Trading Corporation (KNTC) (

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Our mission is to facilitate trade and investment by championing an enabling environment for domestic and export trade to thrive. Our vision is to be a global leader in promoting trade, investment and private sector development.
  1. Promote Enterprise and entrepreneurship development
  2. Improve business environment and promote attractive investment climate
  3. Promote growth of wholesale and retail trade
  4. Broaden and deepen export base and markets
  5. Enhance Fair trade practices and consumer protection

The State Department implements its mandate through five technical departments and four state corporations namely:

Technical Departments
  1. Department of International Trade
  2. Department of Internal Trade
  3. Department of Weights & Measures
  4. Department of Trade Policy & Research
  5. Kenya Institute of Business Training

The functions of the State Department is coordinated by General Administration, Planning and services

State Corporations
  1. Kenya National Trading Corporation
  2. Export Promotion Council
  3. Anti-Counterfeit Agency
  4. Brand Kenya Board
  1. Integrity and Transparency
  2. Team Work and Productive Partnerships
  3. Innovativeness and Creativity
  4. Professionalism, Commitment and Customer focus
  5. Sustainability