KEPSA CEO Carole Karuga with KEPSA Head of Policy Research & Analysis and Public-Private Dialogue Victor Ogalo.
KEPSA CEO Carole Karuga with KEPSA Head of Policy Research & Analysis and Public-Private Dialogue Victor Ogalo during a previous press conference. The alliance wants the government to scale up its COVID-19 response amid strike threats by medical proffesionals. [Photo/KEPSA]

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) has set up a business action platform team and is developing a business COVID-19 action platform in the next two days.

The move by KEPSA sees Kenya join other countries that have been affected by the virus who have done the same. The news comes as a relief to the business community as they will now be able to share business and workplace health-related information.

The platform will have a 24-hour call center and portal to share business and workplace health-related information for all sectors and businesses sizes from Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to Multinationals. It will also have a framework on the economic impact of the virus and mitigation that KEPSA is collaborating with the Government on.

KEPSA’s introduction of this platform comes barely a day after the World Economic Forum convened a global business for COVID-19 Action Platform.

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The platform enables the business world to play part in speeding up response to COVID-19, and to do so at the scale and speed required to protect lives and livelihoods. The health sector has been the major player in curbing the pandemic.

According to the World Economic Forum, the COVID action platform will focus on three priorities. It is set to galvanize the global business community for collective action, protect people’s livelihoods and facilitate business continuity as well as mobilize cooperation and business support for the COVID-19 response.

The platform is open to all global businesses and industry groups, as well as other stakeholders, including governments, that wish to team up with the private sector on their response.

It will operate a network where CEOs, organizational leaders and designated COVID-19 corporate responders can offer their help and team up on specific projects, launch actions and keep each other informed of best practices.

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