Ruto appoints former Trade CS Phillis Kandie as economic advisor

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President William Ruto has appointed Phyllis Kandie, a former Cabinet Secretary of Trade and Tourism during former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government, as an economic advisor.

Kandie revealed in a statement on September 19, that she had been offered the position of an advisor on commodities market development.

She becomes the latest appointee to join the president’s team of economic advisors, which is chaired by Economist David Ndii.

“I would like to thank the President for the honour he has bestowed on me to serve as his advisor, Commodities Market Development,” Kandie stated.

Phillis Kandie
President William Ruto speaking during his tour in Kakamega on August 30, 2023. [photo/PCS]

The former Trade CS confirmed her dedication and diligence in carrying out her duties together with her colleagues in supporting the Kenya Kwanza government agenda.

“I undertake to work diligently with all stakeholders to ensure that his vision to streamline the Agriculture sector by setting up a licensed, regulated private sector led National Commodities Exchange that shall link the Farmer to both the domestic and international markets becomes a reality,” Kandie stated.

Her new roles include advising the government on policies and regulations that will promote the growth and efficiency of the market.

She will also offer guidance on ways to mitigate risks and ensure the stability of the market.

Kandie has an understanding of the commodities market, as well as experience in government and the private sector due to her past experience as a cabinet secretary.

As Cabinet Secretary for East Africa Community Affairs, Kandie initiated plans to expand trade among EAC member states.

She lands a new role in government at a time when the Kenya Kwanza government is facing criticism over the high cost of living necessitated by the increased fuel prices.

Her appointment comes a few days after President William Ruto marked his first year in office.

As a result, Azimio leader Raila Odinga released a comprehensive report about President Ruto’s first year in office, giving him an overall grade of a D- (minus).

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