Kenyan professional bodies have been challenged to tap into the emerging regional opportunities created by the membership of DRC in the East African Community and the ongoing liberalization of the Ethiopian economy.
The remarks were made by renowned lawyer Prof. PLO Lumumba while addressing members of the Institute of Certified Secretaries (ICS) in Nairobi, during ICS’s 27th annual dinner and awards ceremony held in Nairobi, over the weekend.
“The East Africa Community presents new opportunities, which your profession can explore as part of its strategic growth. DRC and Ethiopia present a new goldmine. You should be getting ready to take lead in terms of training,” he said.
The attorney commended the Institute for being steadfast in its mandate of promoting good corporate governance, through strategic collaborations and initiatives.
ICS chair Diana Tanui said the institute has partnered with public agencies, the private sector and county governments in the promotion of good governance through its annual Champions of Governance Awards.
“We are looking towards sharing expertise on good governance at the devolved level of government by holding conventions for county governments and meetings with various entities in the country to enhance good governance,” she explained.
In a speech read on her behalf by Justice Maureen Onyango of the Employment and Labour Relations Court, Chief Justice Martha Koome reiterated the strategic role of certified secretaries in the social-economic transformation of the country in enhancing best practices and good corporate governance, especially on boards.
“The demand for certified secretaries to reinforce the culture of good corporate governance can’t be underestimated as the country has witnessed a ‘corporate governance’ crisis,” explained the CJ.
She added that they will continue to implement the Champions of Governance Award (COG) which recognizes organizations and individuals that exhibit the highest standards of good governance.
COG, a coveted award within the ranks of Kenya’s blue-chip companies has over the years remained an impetus in encouraging the culture of good governance.
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The annual ceremony seeks to recognize and honour members who have rendered exemplary service to the profession and the country.