Trade, Industrialization and Co-operative Development 2020-04-03T02:12:03+03:00

Trade, Investment , Industry And Cooperative Development


The Ministry of Trade, Investments, Industrialization and Co-operative Development comprises of two departments:  the Department of Trade, Investments and Industrialization, and the Department of Cooperative Development. The Department of Trade is responsible for the formulation, implementation of domestic trade development policy and promotion of retail and wholesale markets. It promotes growth, graduation, productivity and competitiveness of micro, small and medium industries.

The Department of Cooperative Development is responsible for registration and audit of co-operative societies in coordination of the national government. It settles co-operative disputes, inspections, inquiries, co-operative extension, education and training to mainstream good corporate governance in the co-operative sector.


To be a premier promoter of trade, investment and private sector development


To promote, coordinate and implement integrated socio-economic policies and programmes for a sustainable trade and investment, competitively innovative industrialization and infrastructure development with a vibrant commercially oriented co-operatives sector

Core Values

Our core values define who we are. They are the fundamental beliefs of our Ministry. They guide our actions and behaviour. They influence the way we work with each other – and the way we serve our clients and engage with our communities. For simplicity our core values can be abbreviated as TEAMCHEPI. The Core Values are:

  1. Teamwork and Passion for Results. We will relentlessly pursue timely attainment of targeted results at all levels through high level of coordination, networking and collaboration within staff.
  2. Equity and Equality. We will promote fairness and equal distribution of resources and services at the county levels.
  3. Accountability and Transparency: We will conduct our activities and lend services to our clients in a transparent and accountable manner.
  4. Mutual respect, Participatory Approach and Inclusiveness: We will be committed to consultations, joint and comprehensive partnership in all our affairs.
  5. Customer Centred service: Committed to uphold customer driven and focused service delivery.
  6. Honesty and Integrity: Promote openness, uprightness and reliability while executing our mandate.
  7. Efficiency and effectiveness: Promote high productivity, competence and usefulness of resources at all levels.
  8. Professionalism and ethical practices. All staff will uphold highest moral standards and professional competence in service delivery.
  9. Innovativeness and Creativity: Committed to innovativeness, inventiveness, resourcefulness and visionary planning and service delivery.


Strategic Goals:

  1. Promote trade and investment
  2. Champion private sector development
  3. Achieving prosperity through vibrant co-operatives
  4. Industrial development and investment

Strategic Objectives:

  1. Improve service delivery, working environment and motivate staff
  2. Promote private sector development through enterprise and entrepreneurship development
  3. Promote growth and development of wholesale and retail trade
  4. Improve business environment, promote active investment climate and fair business practice
  5. Foster conducive linkages and collaboration mechanisms
  6. Strengthen and create vibrant co-operatives that contribute to the GDP
  7. Formulate and implement an appropriate policy and legal framework for the development of trade and co-operatives sector


  •  Registration and audit of co-operative societies in coordination with National Government;
  • Settlement of co-operative disputes, inspections and inquiries;
  • Co-operative extension, education and training;
  • Mainstreaming good corporate governance in the co-operative sector;
  • Co-operative research and development;
  • Promotion of co-operative ventures, marketing, innovations, value addition and investment.
  • Registration and audit of co-operative societies in coordination with National Government;
  • Settlement of co-operative disputes , inspections and inquiries;
  • Co-operative extension, education and training;
  • Mainstreaming good corporate governance in the co-operative sector;
  • Co-operative research and development;
  • Formulation and implementation of domestic trade development policy;
  • Promotion of retail and wholesale markets;
  • Development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises;
  • Private sector development;
  • Promotion and facilitation of intra, inter-county and cross border trade;
  • Promotion of use of E-Commerce;
  • Promotion of consumer protection, Uniformity in Trade measurements and Fair trade practices;
  • Regulation of Weights and Measures;
  • Trade development and regulation, including – markets; trade licenses (excluding regulation of professions).
  • Promotion of co-operative ventures, marketing, innovations, value addition and investment.
  • Promote growth, graduation, productivity and competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises/ Industries;
  • Conduct resource endowment mapping and promote investment opportunities in the regions;
  • Implementation of industrialization policy;
  • Value addition processes and coordination of the management of all industries in the County;
  • Facilitate financing mechanisms including supplier credit, equipment leasing and rentals and Public Private Partnership.


The achievements of the County Government of Mandera in Trade and Cooperative Development during this era of devolution are enormous.

Trade Development Sector

Market Infrastructure: Before the advent of devolution, there were five (5) main markets with three hundred and fifteen stalls (315), five ESP shade. The County Government has increased the number of markets by building fifteen (15) new modern markets with six hundred and ninety-two (692) stalls, three bale shades with a capacity of one hundred forty-two stands (142).

Modernization of the Market Infrastructure ongoing like the Multi-million shillings Elwak SME Park. The facility is a modern state markets with two hundred and ten( 210) stalls, one hundred and twenty six (126) bales shade, forty milk/meat section, fifteen eateries and parking yard, that will provide a good business environment to the locals and a business hub centre for cross border trade.

Stalls and capacities

County Business Mapping: The Ministry has developed a sample template for businesses and conducted business registration for all businesses in Mandera East, Mandera South, Kutulo and Lafey sub-counties, and a total of five thousand two hundred and sixteen (5,216) businesses were registered. The data is currently in the process of been analyzed into different categories once all data from the remaining three sub-counties is received. This will enable understand and compile the challenges faced by the businesses so that prompt solutions are sorted.

 Entrepreneurial trainings:  During the period, the department conducted fifteen (15) entrepreneurial training for business startups, trade partners and young upcoming entrepreneurs through development partners. The overall objective of the training is to equip trainees; business Startups and  as well as traders with the basic concepts of entrepreneurship and knowledge of business planning essential to the success of the entrepreneur of a small business. It’s aimed at inculcating entrepreneurial culture in the society as key to self-development.

Business Advisory Service: With the inception of county government, a total of two thousand three hundred and fifty (2,350) business traders were offered business advisory services and counseling in county through the Sub County Trade Offices.

The County Trade Development Fund:

The much-awaited Mandera County Trade Development Fund (MCTDF) was launched by his Excellency the Governor of Mandera County Government in July 2019 and the total amount of the Fund is 368,000,000 (three hundred and sixty-eight million shillings).

The Mandera County Trade Fund was established by Mandera County Trade Development Fund Act, 2014 as enacted into law by Mandera County Assembly. The Fund’s policies, regulations and the implementation template are in place.

The MCTDF Board and the seven sub-county committees have been recruited and gazetted.

The Mandera County Trade Development Fund will be distributed among the 30 wards. This will be done in the basis of fairness and equity across all the wards as the County Government recognizes that the different wards have different and unique set of challenges and opportunities.

The La-Riba (non interest) revolving fund was established to answer the call for the expansion of access to   financing for the promotion of SMEs growth at county level for economic growth and the need to generate gainful self-employment.

The application form is toiler-made and is serialized for each ward and has been distributed to all the 30 wards. The application was enormous. Mandera East sub-county was the highest sub-county with the most applicants with 339 groups, followed by Mandera South 165, Mandera West with 135, Lafey with 94, Banisa with 83 and Kutulo with 35. These applications will soon undergo scrutiny. The disbursement of the fund is planned for March 2020 Insha’Allah.

Cooperative Development

With an estimated share capital of over Sh1 million and total savings in bank accounts of close to Sh16.5m, the cooperative movement is on an upward trend as it marks 45 years post-establishment of the first Sacco. The total assets value for co-operatives in the county is approximately Sh13m, with an annual turnover of Sh7.5m, and total loans granted to members about Sh11m by the two conventional SACCOs .since their inception.

Registration of Co-operatives: The Department of Co-operative Development has registered a total of 3,804 members out of which youth are 35%, women 47% and elderly 18%. Few women are in management positions. The Department’s operations are based on performance in co-operative management and auditing, focused on promotion, formation and recommendation for registration of new viable co-operatives. The Department supports growth and development of strong, stable, viable and self-sustaining registered co-operatives.

Pre-Co-operative Education Trainings: The Department has conducted pre-cooperative education trainings to potential members in preparation of viable proposed cooperatives based on their economic activities. Through the training, the Department conducted the formation of many new cooperatives in the last five months. Further, the requests were verified and forwarded a total of sixty-three (63) new proposed cooperatives from Lafey, Banisa and Kutulo sub-counties has been undertaken and forwarded to the State Department of Cooperative for registration and twenty-three were successfully registered. The Department has now embarked on online registration of new Co-operatives to enhance and ease the process of registration.

Capacity Building:

Created Eighty (80) new cooperatives, revived thirty six (36) inactive ones and registered one hundred and fifty eight (158) co-operatives and thirty nine (39) SACCOs.

The department has set up a Co-operative annual award to be celebrated during Ushirika Day for best performing cooperatives being awarded for various categories as a means to motivate the members and instill positive competition amongst the co-operative movement.

Purchase of two number Milk Equipment’s that includes Milk Pasteurizer, Milk cooler and Milk dispenser- The milk value addition equipment are an innovation that is instrumental to milk value addition through enhancing levels of hygiene, lengthening the shelf life and enabling better sales management through automation.

Director for trade, investments and industrialization

The Mandera County Trade Development Fund (Amendment) Act, 2019