(Xinhua) -- The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM)
on Friday partnered with the University of Nairobi (UoN) to
develop strategies that promote ethical and legal business
practices within the private sector.
The industrialists and the academia
said the partnership seeks to highlight the impact of corruption
on the social and economic growth of the manufacturing sector.
Speaking during the meeting, Justice
Hedwig Ongudi, High Court Judge and Presiding Judge of
Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Division, emphasized the
need to identify corruption, as a major constraint to the
development of the country.
“As a nation, we have sufficient
legislation in place to fight this vice. The Kenyan government
has even enacted legislation to attract both local and foreign
investors. However, the full implementation of this is yet to be
achieved,” Ongudi said.
She said the enforcement of laws in
regard to corruption remains a key focus of the Judiciary,
noting that cases brought to the court must be thoroughly
investigated in order to get favorable results.
Strategies discussed at the forum
include adopting legal compliance requirements on
anti-corruption, undertaking anti-corruption audits on
governance and revenue, and stakeholder engagement on
comparative perspectives of anti-corruption enforcement.
Julius Ogeng’o, the University of
Nairobi Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs
noted that corruption has been identified as one of the biggest
impediment to development in Kenya and a serious obstacle to the
realization of the Big Four development plan.
“The University of Nairobi continues
to support the government’s Big Four agenda for economic
development. As a public institution, we seek to promote
dialogue on the issue of enforcement and compliance on
anti-corruption requirements in the private sector, with a view
of developing joint strategies to address the vice, enhance
compliance and foster economic growth,” said Ogeng’o.