Principal Secretary State Department for Trade
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DR. Chris Kiptoo
STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE
Dr Chris Kiptoo is the Principal Secretary for the State Department of Trade in the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives.
Before his current appointment, Dr Kiptoo worked for three years at TradeMark East Africa’s (TMEA) as the Kenya Country Director. He was appointed to this position beginning December 2012. His main responsibility is to manage and monitor TMEA’’s Kenya country programme including; strategy, planning and delivery of expected results in the fields of regional trade, infrastructure development, modern customs systems, and institutional development of Government institutions. Dr Kiptoo is widely credited for having competently grown the Kenya Country Program at TMEA especially the Mombasa Port infrastructure capacity and efficiency improvement. H played a lead coordination role in the development of the Mombasa Port Corridor Charter that was signed by 25 trade facilitation agencies in the presence of President Uhuru Kenyatta on 30th June 2014.
Prior to joining TMEA, Dr. Kiptoo worked at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) where he was the Director, Economic Policy Coordination (EPC) Unit between March 2010 and November 2012. His main duties at OPM was to provide strategic economic policy advice to the Prime Minister, particularly in respect of; policy and strategy coordination and the implementation of major priorities in Vision 2030 as well as enhancing the performance of the public service in service delivery to citizens. He also gave advice to the Prime Minister (as Chair of five Cabinet Committees) on allocation and expenditure of budgetary resources to National/Ministerial priorities. Dr Kiptoo served as the Deputy Advisor on Economic Affairs in the same office from July 2009 to March 2010. Previously, he had briefly worked at the Capital Markets Authority (CMA) as the Senior Advisor & Manager, Special Projects. Dr Kiptoo oversaw initial phase of the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) Demutualization.
Dr Kiptoo has over 15 years’ experience in economic policy analysis mainly gained at the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB), particularly on areas related to; international trade and finance, monetary policy, financial sector issues, public finance, national account issues in addition to other aspects of macroeconomic accounting and modeling. He was head of the International Relations and Regional cooperation Division in the Research Department of the CBK before joining the CMA.
Dr Kiptoo is a self-motivated and seasoned economist with strong analytical and interpersonal skills and demonstrable managerial and leadership experiences. While in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Kiptoo held the following key responsibilities besides his routine work: (i) Chairman, Inter-ministerial taskforce appointed to address the Problem of low budget Absorptive and Implementation Capacity especially of Donor Funded Projects in Government (ii) Chairman, inter-ministerial taskforce appointed to develop a coherent regional integration strategy and policy for Kenya (iii) Chairman, National taskforce appointed to develop a Special Status Agreement (SSA) between the governments of Ethiopia and Kenya and which was signed by the heads of state of the two governments in late 2012; (iii) Chairman, Inter-ministerial taskforce on Lake Turkana Integrated Basin Development Programme (ILTBDP) whose components included but not limited to water and irrigation development, roads, Livestock, Fisheries and security in Turkana and Samburu counties (iv)Chairman, Inter-ministerial High Level committee formed by the prime minister in October 2011to come up with comprehensive measures to arrest the sharp weakening of the Kenya shilling.
Dr Kiptoo holds several qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy Degree (PhD) - International Macroeconomics Finance Specialization - from the University of Nairobi. He is also an Accredited Fellow of the Macroeconomic & Financial Management Institute of Eastern & Southern Africa (MEFMI), in the field of macroeconomic management. He is also an Associate of Kenya Chartered Institute of Bankers (A.K.I.B). Dr Kiptoo has attended several training courses locally, regionally and internationally including several courses at the IMF Institute in Washington DC, USA.
Dr. Kiptoo is a widely travelled person regionally and internationally. He is a leading expert in macroeconomic and regional integration issues having represented Kenya in several regional assignments relating to COMESA, EAC, the Association of African Central Banks (AACB) and the African Union (AU). He has acted as a Resource Person (Consultant and/ or facilitator) during several meetings/workshops of MEFMI, EAC, COMESA as well as the AACB. . He has proven ability to cope with shifting priorities at short notice and deliver high quality work on time besides being able to produce quality work under pressure and adhere to strict deadlines. Dr Kiptoo participates a lot in co-curriculum activities. He is the current chairman of the Board of Governors, St. Patrick’s High School, Iten as well as a board member of the Centre for Corporate Governance (CCG) among other key responsibilities.