Cabinet approves Bill allowing privatization of State-owned entities

Cabinet approves Bill allowing privatization of State-owned entities

President Wiliam Ruto during Cabinet's first paperless meeting. Photo/PCS

Cabinet has approved the Privatization Bill 2023 which will see non-performing public entities sold to private actors without the bureaucratic approval process by Parliament.

Under the approved bill, the National Treasury could proceed and sell non-strategic parastatals with ease without the legal and policy bottlenecks and the green light to approve the privatization process without any legal or policy framework barriers. 

The proposed Privatization Bill 2023 approved by Cabinet will see Treasury approve the privatization deals of state-owned entities which for years had been impeded by procedural and legal hurdles

The Bill gives Treasury Power to identify and determine which public enterprises will be privatized.

The approval of the  Bill comes just  5 months after  President William Ruto stated that the government is seeking to privatize 10 state firms within a year through the National Securities Exchange 

 According to the Cabinet, under the new legal regime, the private sector and other investors will be allowed to contribute to the economy by having shares in the entities and reduce the demand for government resources and reliance on government financing by the parastatals.


National Treasury Cabinet Privatization Bill 2023

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