FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RE: STATEMENT ON SUCCESSFUL RATIFICATION OF THE PROTOCOL TO ELIMINATE ILLICIT TRADE IN TOBACCO PRODUCTS BY THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA.
May 6, 2020 – IILA wishes to congratulate the Government of Kenya for the successful ratification of the Protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products, also known as the ITP. We also extend our heartfelt appreciation to all the stakeholders from government, Civil Society Organisations, media and partners for the tireless efforts of many years to see this process completed successfully. As we celebrate this achievement, we at IILA are proud and grateful to be associated with all stakeholders involved in this outstanding milestone.
The ITP is a key tobacco control policy espoused within the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to which Kenya is a party; and provides governments with guidelines on eliminating illicit trade in tobacco products as a measure to protect public health from the harmful effects of tobacco. Through this milestone effected by the United Nations on May 4th 2020, Kenya becomes the 59th state to ratify the protocol, and proudly joins the global tobacco control community through the Members of the Parties (MOP) to the Protocol in discussions on solutions and policy interventions for effective elimination of illicit trade in tobacco products. As a global leader on goods track and trace system through the Electronics Goods Management System (EGMS) administered by the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya brings on board a wealth of knowledge and expertise that we believe will enrich the global discussions in this area.
We now urge the government and concerned stakeholders to remain vigilant and committed in the next phase of implementing and enforcing the Protocol. As IILA, we continue to commit our support in that process. We look forward to continued collaboration on this area and to ensure that the goal of the Protocol and FCTC in general to protect public health Kenya.
IILA congratulates the Government of Kenya for this great milestone! We specifically commend the Division of tobacco control, the KRA for taking leadership the Tobacco Control Board and other actors for their supportive role. We are extremely grateful to the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids (CTFK) for the financial, technical and moral support without which we would not have the capacity to contribute to the process as we did.
The International Institute for Legislative Affairs (IILA) is a not-for-profit organization that offers technical support to government departments, Members of Parliament and other stakeholders in the legislative process in terms of research for policy lobbying, legislation drafting and capacity building on various thematic areas including tobacco control. IIILA has worked on tobacco control for over 10 years.
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