The Head of Public Service, Felix Koskei, has announced that the government is planning to digitize the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) by launching an app in a bid to curb corruption and enhance efficiency.
Koskei who made this announcement during the launch of the KEBS App emphasized that the Kenya Kwanza government is reforming the bureau to minimize human interventions in its operations and safeguard the public against substandard and prohibited products.
He noted that the App would enable customers to apply for marks of quality, verify product conformity, check staff eligibility, and actively engage in real-time inquiries and feedback provision regarding KEBS services.
He affirmed President William Ruto’s administration’s unwavering commitment to the fight against corruption, promising decisive action against those who breach public trust
The State House Chief of Staff also urged KEBS to review its standardization criteria to avoid disqualifying and discouraging young entrepreneurs from establishing manufacturing and cottage industries.
Koskei called upon government institutions to cease outsourcing services that can be handled by their own employees.
“These industries are meant to provide increased employment opportunities for the hustler nation and provide additional tax revenue, which will then be committed to the task of nation-building,” he noted.
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He emphasized on the need for KEBS to educate and engage entrepreneurs on the significance of adhering to set standards.
KEBS Acting Managing Director, Esther Ngari, stated that the App would enhance efficiency, transparency, and accountability in KEBS processes.
She further mentioned that the agency is currently undergoing a digital transformation journey to improve its ICT infrastructure and achieve enterprise-wide digitization.