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The State Department for Industry is established under Executive Order No. 1 of January 2023. It is placed under the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry. It has the responsibility of Industrial policy planning; overseeing the growth, development, and regulation of the Manufacturing and Industrial sectors. 

The Functions for the State Department for Industry includes:

  • To Promote and Facilitate Domestic and Foreign Investments.
  • Investment policy and attraction.
  • Industrial Policy and Planning. 
  • Buy Kenya - Build Kenya Policy and Strategy
  • To Promote Standardization in Industry and Quality Control.
  • Promotion and Oversight of the Development of Special Economic Zones and Industrial Parks.
  • Kenya Property Rights Policy (Patents, Trade Marks, Service Marks, and Innovation). 
  • Promotion of Value Addition and Agro-Processing.
  • Textile Sector Development.
  • Leather Sector Development and Promotion of Value Chain.
  • Oversight and Regulation of the Scrap Metal Industry.
  • Industrial Training and Capacity Development.
  • To Combat Counterfeiting, Trade, and Other Dealings in Counterfeit Goods.
  • Oversight, Administration, and Enforcement of the Local Content Policy.

Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies

The State Department for Industry has Eleven (11) State Corporations and one (1) training Institution. The State Corporations under the State Department include:

Autonomous Government Agencies:

  • East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) (Companies Act, Cap. 486, 435 A, 446)
  • Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS)

Semi-Autonomous Government Agencies:

  1. Kenya National Accreditation Services(KENAS)- (State Corporations Act, Cap. 446,
  2. Rivatex East Africa Ltd (REAL)
  3. Numerical Machining Complex (NMC)- (Companies Act, Cap. 486)
  4. Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI)- (KIRDI Act, No. 6 of 2022) 
  5. Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI) (Kenya Industrial Property Act, 2001)
  6. Scrap Metal Council (Scrap Metal Act, No. 53 1 of 2015)
  7. Anti-Counterfeit Authority (Anti-Counterfeit Act, No. 13 of 2008)
  8. Kenya Industrial Training Institute (KITI) (Industrial Training Act, Cap.237)