Draft Kenya Leather Development Authority (KLDA) Bill

The Bill aims at addressing the Council legal and policy framework. KLDC has been operating as a Council since its establishment in September 2011 through an Executive Order and in order to discharge its mandate, there was need to improve its legal status through the KLDA Bill.

The draft bill seeks to transform the Council to an authority, i.e. Kenya leather Development Authority (KLDA). This will ensure that the Council is adequately enabled to pursue its mandate and core functions by creating a conducive environment for the undertakings in the leather sector. In addition to enabling the effective transition of the leather sector from a commodity market (where the industry has been operating for decades) to the products market industry, which will therefore ensure a high level of competitiveness of Kenya‘s leather products.

Draft KLDA Bill Focus Areas

  • Operationalization of KLDC‘s regulatory function.
  • Creation of inter-agency linkages and integration of private sector associations. Creation of synergies with County Governments.

A validation forum on the Bill has been done by the leather sector players in order to acquire their input.

Kenya Leather Value Chain Development Policy Framework

This is a concept note developed by the Ministry of Industry,Trade and Cooperatives and the Kenya Leather Development Council.Its primary objective is to mobilize resources for the development and implementation of the comprehensive policy framework in line with the global dynamics of strict compliance to standards, quality, environment and the demand for value added products.The duration of the project is expected to be one year.

Experts identified and enlisted to undertake the following activities towards the development of the policy and legal framework:

    • Policy development roadmap
    • Review of all existing relevant policies within the National Economic Development Agenda
    • Leather subsector situational analysis (global and national)
    • Stakeholder analysis
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Development of the draft policy document
    • Validation and finalization of the policy document

Impacts and Beneficiaries

The expected impact of the Kenya Leather Value Chain Policy and Legal Framework is the creation of an enabling environment for the leather industry and value chain optimization.

The beneficiaries will include:

  • Livestock farmers/producers
  • Slaughterhouse operators
  • Hide and skin traders
  • Tanners
  • Footwear and leather goods production
  • Leather sub-sector support industries (accessories, chemicals, logistics, packaging etc)
  • Research and academic institutions
  • Retailers and consumers

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