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National Construction Authority urged to reduce levies for acquiring construction permits

National Construction Authority (NCA) has been urged to reduce the levies of acquiring construction permits hence reducing the high costs of application.

Acting Lands, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i advised the NCA to adopt the ‘one-stop window shop’ model of payment which will help in the acquiring process, he further said that majority of investors end up spending too much time and resources on a process that discourages them from investing.

“National Construction Authority should create a good investment environment by reducing the levies for acquiring construction permits,” said Mr. Matiang’i. “The board should deliver a proposal on how to bring down the current percentages to stimulate economic growth. A combined payment form can be formulated to reduce unnecessary bureaucracies and avoid rising costs.”

The Kenyan Government is always committed to supporting the building and construction sector by providing an enabling environment that promotes investment and growth. “We are working on a programme that will ensure that approval fees in the construction industry are reduced in order to hasten growth and more investments in the sector, added Matiang’i.

The CS was speaking in Nairobi on Thursday 7th August during the inauguration of a 13 member board of NCA. National Construction Authority is mandated to institutionalize and regulate the construction sector through fundamental review and reforms. It was formed with the main aim of consolidating and creating a well regulated construction industry that will promote sustainable socio-economic development.

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