Citizen TV will on November 5 air a discussion on Kenya’s ranking in the World Bank Ease of Doing Business at Daystar University at 9:30 pm which will run to 11 pm.
The discussion is tailored to offer business and political leaders, experts, journalists, critics and analysts a chance to dissect the economic impact and the way forward after Kenya jumped 19 places to position 61 in the 2019 report from position 80 in the 2018 report.
In a notice to all students seen by Business Today, Daystar University student leaders said that the discussion will be moderated by Royal Media Services (RMS) Managing Editor Joe Ageyo and will be held at the , Nairobi Campus university’s auditorium.
Panelists at the discussion will include East African Community (EAC) and Northern Corridor Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed who maintained his position as Chairperson of the Doing Business Reforms Program following a directive by President Uhuru Kenyatta on November 1, 2018.
This was even after a move by the president to shift CS Mohammed from the Industrialisation and Trade Ministry in a mini reshuffle on July 13, 2018.
Kenya Bankers Association (KBA) officials alongside 100 other guests from the transport sector and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are also expected to be contributors during the event.
“Having finalized a partnership with Daystar University yesterday (November 4), Citizen TV has opened 10 slots for Business students to participate in the discussion,” read the notice.
The considerable jump in ranking in the Ease of Doing Business Report can be interpreted as an endorsement of governments’ efforts to create a conducive environment to do business as most investors first consider a country’s ranking in the report before setting up shop in any nation.
President Kenyatta on November 1 in a live address to the nation attributed the improved ranking to concerted efforts by the Jubilee Government to improve the business environment.
The decision by Citizen TV to hold the discussion also represents a growing trend by the Maalim Juma Road based media station to broadcast discussion on topical issues.
Citizen TV has already aired three episodes of the Monday Special Town Hall, a discussion held in counties where the Universal Health Care (UHC) is first being rolled out.
The discussion has already been held in Isiolo, Kirinyaga and Kisumu counties.
UHC is one of President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda.