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Stronger Cooperatives will Drive our Bottom-up Economic Agenda — President Ruto

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NAIROBI, Kenya, July 2, 2023/ — President William Ruto has said the Government is keen on strengthening cooperative societies to stimulate growth.

He said cooperatives will support the formalisation of informal sector players and entrepreneurs.

This, he explained, will help bring hardworking Kenyans together, allowing them to benefit from the economies of scale.

He noted that cooperatives also have the power to nurture a saving culture and offer members access to affordable financing.

He spoke on Saturday during the 101st Ushirika Day Celebrations at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi.

Present were Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua, Cabinet Secretaries Simon Chelugui (Cooperatives and MSMEs) and Alice Wahome (Water and Irrigation), among others.

“We will put in place new policies, including the establishment of a central liquidity facility, to enhance efficiency and quality of Sacco services.”

The President observed that this will also reduce operational risks encountered by Saccos.

“The changes will also facilitate short-term inter-Sacco borrowing and facilitate access to the national payment system,” he added.

He explained that the Government is complementing cooperatives by setting up aggregation and distribution centres for storage, value addition and marketing of agricultural products.

“The objective of this partnership is to reduce post-harvest losses, eliminate predatory cartels and boost farmer earnings.”

Mr Gachagua urged farmers to group themselves in Saccos to help increase their bargaining power.

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