• Trade Policy;
  • Exports Policy;
  • Promote E-Commerce;
  • Trade Negotiations and Advisory Services;
  • Champion Trade Integration in the COMESA, CFTA, EPA,

AFTA, etc.;

  • Liaising and Co-ordinating with

UNCTAD and WTO on Trade Matters; 

  • Enforcement of International Trade Laws, Negotiations and Agreements; 
  • Protection of Kenyan Goods against Dumping and Subsidized imports and recommending countervailing Measures;
  • Co-ordination of multi-Agency Task Force on the Elimination of Illicit Trade and Counterfeits; 
  • Liaison with International Trade bodies for National Development; 
  • Management of weight and measurement in Trade;
  • Promotion and Regulation of the Wholesale and Retail Trade; 
  • Promotion of Fair-Trade Practices and Consumer Protection.




  • Kenya National Trading Corporation (Kenya National Trading Corporation Act, 1965, Companies Act, Cap. 486)  
  • Africa Trade Insurance
  • National Trade Negotiations Council (NTNC) Via Legal Notice Vol. CXIX-136, September 2017
  • Trade Remedies Agency (Trade Remedies Act, 2017)
  • Kenya Branding and Exports Promotion Agency (KEPROBA)
  • Warehouse Receipt Systems Council


  • Rent Restriction Tribunal
  • Business Premises Rent Tribunal


The Cabinet Secretary


Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Trade and Industry

Chief Administrative Secretary



more about us...

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 External 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

  1. Integrity and Transparency
  2. Team Work and Productive Partnerships
  3. Innovativeness and Creativity
  4. Professionalism, Commitment and Customer focus
  5. Sustainability

The Principal Secretary



(read his bio)

The Secretary, Trade


Dr. Bruno Linyiru (read his bio)