Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen has revealed that ride-hailing services have generated over 65,000 jobs for unemployed Kenyans.
In a statement on his X account, the CS noted that digital taxi-hailing services have played a huge role in advancing the Bottom-up Economic Transformative Agenda (BETA).
"We appreciate the work done by the ride-hailing services in innovating and pioneering dignified and safe taxi services globally and in Kenya. Ride-hailing services have provided job opportunities to over 65,000 Kenyans. This has immensely boosted the country’s economic agenda under the Bottom-up Economic Transformative Agenda (BETA) that focuses on improving the economic well-being of all Kenyans regardless of their social standing," Murkomen stated.
The CS acknowledged the challenges faced by the ride-hailing industry, including concerns about the security of riders, drivers, and commuters, as well as the rising operational costs due to high fuel prices.
Murkomen assured that the government, in collaboration with relevant stakeholders, is committed to addressing these issues to enhance the operational environment.
"As a Ministry, and in partnership with relevant stakeholders, we are committed to resolving them to further improve the operational environment. Urgent reforms we are working on include a review of the regulatory environment to ensure a win-win situation for all stakeholders in the ride-hailing space," He explained.
He commended the agreement to share revenue generated from booking fees, ultimately increasing earnings for drivers.
Murkomen encourages Uber to support BETA Agenda
He stressed that the government is actively involved in the review and conduct of a Regulatory Impact Assessment to identify areas for improvement in the current regulatory framework.
The CS also disclosed plans for the development of a National Electric Mobility Policy, positioning Kenya on the global stage in adopting low-emission vehicle mobility.
Murkomen also encouraged digital taxi-hailing companies, including Uber, to support the BETA Agenda by devising business models that facilitate affordable funding for electric vehicles and bodabodas (motorcycle taxis).
"The Ministry remains committed to supporting investors in the country through favourable policies that will enhance business processes and create employment opportunities for the youth," Murkomen affirmed.