May 20, 2024

Ruto appoints Former Uhuru CS as his economic advisor

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Ruto appoints Former Uhuru CS as his economic advisor

Phyllis Kandie, a former CS of Trade and Tourism during Uhuru Kenyatta's government, has been appointed as Ruto economic advisor at State House

Phyllis Kandie, a former CS of Trade and Tourism during Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, has been appointed as Ruto economic advisor at State House.

President William Ruto has appointed former East African Affairs Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie under Uhuru administration as his advisor on Commodity Market Development. 

The former CS announced her appointment in a statement on Tuesday, September 19, thanking President Ruto for the role. 

She noted that she will serve at Presidential Council of Economic Advisors which is chaired by Economist David Ndii.

“I would like to thank the President for the honour he has bestowed on me to serve as his advisor, Commodities Market Development,” Kandie stated.

Kandie stated that she will serve to the best of her ability while working closely with her colleagues to give better advisories to President William Ruto, especially on regulatory policies.

“I undertake to work diligently with all stakeholders to ensure that his vision to streamline the Agriculture sector by setting up a licensed, Regulated private sector led National Commodities Exchange that shall link the Farmer to both the domestic and international markets becomes a reality,” Kandie stated.

In her role, Kandie will provide expert advice and counsel to the President on all matters related to the development of the commodities market. 

This includes advising on policies and regulations that will promote the growth and efficiency of the market, as well as on ways to mitigate risks and ensure the stability of the market.

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Kandie served in the previous government under retired President Uhuru Kenyatta in the Ministry of Tourism and East Africa Affairs and Labour from April 2013 to January 2018.

She was then dropped from the Cabinet and appointed as Kenya’s ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, and the European Union.

In the Presidential Council of Economic Advisors, Kandie will be tasked with the responsibility of staying abreast of the most recent market trends and developments, as well as with the role of identifying and analyzing potential risks and opportunities.

She is expected to promote fair and open trade, and to ensure that Kenyan businesses have access to the resources they need to compete in the global marketplace.

As Cabinet Secretary for East Africa Community Affairs, Kandie initiated plans to expand trade among EAC member states. 

Kandie’s appointment comes days after her former colleague Charles Keter was appointed as President Ruto’s advisor on the Great Lakes Region Affairs.

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