Ministry of Trade, Cooperative & Investment

Ministry Leadership

Esther Kilonzi
CEC,Ministry of Trade, Cooperative & Investment
Chief Officer-Trade
Dr. Richard Muthoka
Chief Officer - Trade, Cooperative and Investment

Organizational Structure

Ministry of Trade, Cooperatives and Investment - Organogram

Mission Statement

Our Mission

The mission of the Ministry is “to provide an enabling business environment through appropriate incentives to

promote trade, investments and cooperatives for job and wealth creation”.

Our Vision

The vision of the Ministry is ‘‘to be a facilitator in catalyzing competitive growth of trade, investments and Cooperatives.

Our Core Values

  • Customer-driven
  • Inclusivity
  • Professionalism
  • Integrity
  • Teamwork
  • Accountability
  • Transparency
  • Fairness and equity
  • Efficiency and effectiveness


  • The implementation of the national Trade policy.
  • Promotion of investments.
  • Trade licensing and regulations.
  • Provision of business development support services.
  • Coordination and development of micro, small and medium business engaged in trade.
  • Development of wholesale and retail trade.
  • Management of credit scheme for micro and small business.
  • Collection of business information and management of county business information centres.
  • Promotion of export business and domesticating bilateral and regional agreements.
  • Advocacy for the provision of market infrastructure.
  • Promotion and facilitation of the intra, inter-county trade, and cross border trade.
  • Management of county physical markets and regulation of hawking activities.
  • Promotion of e-commerce.
  • Conduct of trade fair/exhibitions and facilitating trade mission in the county.
  • Promotion of consumer protection.

Branding & Marketing

  • Spearhead the overall county branding process , safeguard and improve the overall county corporate image
  • Develop and execute all branding and marketing initiatives for Kitui County including creation of all branding and marketing materials, lead in marketing research and customer surveys
  • In collaboration with all county ministries develop, advise, guide and take lead in all their respective branding and marketing activities
  • Actively participate and lead in all county marketing and brand enhancing activities such as Trade Fairs, Exhibitions, Sales conferences, DevCons etc
  • Design, create and maintain harmonized and consistent Kitui county brand.


  • Promotion of cooperative societies..
  • Processing of application for registration.
  • Inspection and investigations.
  • Training needs assessment for cooperative movement.
  • Market information dissemination and advisory services.
  • Banking inspections in local saving and credit cooperative societies.
  • Risk assessment in saving and credit cooperative societies.
  • Investment advisory services.
  • Coordination and monitoring of cooperative indemnity by cooperative leaders.
  • Promotion of cooperative ventures and innovations for local cooperatives.
  • Carrying out certification audits.
  • Carry out continuous and compliance audits.
  • Co-operative advisory services.
  • Pre-cooperative education.
  • Settlement of disputes(arbitration).
  • Registration of c-operative society audited accounts

Weights & Measures

  • Promotion of fair trade practices.
  • Verification of weighing and measuring instruments.
  • Inspection of weighing and measuring instruments and pre-packed goods.
  • Investigation of complaints relating to unfair trade practices and prosecution of offenses arising from unfair trade practices.

County Enterprise Development

  • Enhance the capacity of MSEs to promote the generation of incomes and employment.
  • Enhance MSEs capacity to access markets and market information.
  • Develop and improve MSEs infrastructure.
  • Coordination of policies, strategies, and programs for support of the MSEs sector.
  • Develop and implement entrepreneurship promotion programs.
  • Assist in the acquisition of land for MSEs use.
  • Link MSEs to a financial organization for credit facilitation.
  • Organize Jua-kali exhibitions and trade fairs to showcase their products and innovations.
  • Develop and implement the national and county MSEs policy.
  • County Enterprise Fund – The objective of the fund is to improve financial inclusion and deepening. This will have a great impact on the community with the target beneficiaries being visionary women and youth groups that require support. Draft bill for the fund in place awaiting approval


1. Cottage Industry Development

  • Kicotec (Kitui County Textile Center)
  • Livestock Trucks
  • Ballast crusher
  • Leather making industry
  • Abbatoir
  • Value chain addition

2. Market Infrastructure Development

  • 15 Market Sheds Constructed/ Renovated
  • 26 Market Toilets Constructed
  • 30 Market Installed with solar energy street lights
  • 36 market fenced with chain link
  • 14 livestock loading ramps constructed

3. Livestock Value Chain Programme

  • The livestock carrier programme
  • Slaughter House renovations

4. Youth and Women Empowerment

  • Empowerment fund
  • Car wash Machine distribution ( 130 youth groups benefited)

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Contacts Us

  • County Government of Kitui
    Tana Athi Water Services Board
    Building, Ground Floor
    P.O. Box 33 – 90200,
  • 0702 615 888