Nairobi City County governor Johnson Sakaja has rolled out the electronic Unified Business Permit (UBP).
In an event on Monday, January 1, Sakaja oversaw the activation of the UBP system as part of the efforts to simplify business in the city.
Speaking during the UBP activation, Sakaja noted that the new UBP system will be effective from January 1.
Benefits of UBP
According to the Governor, the UBP will enhance public service delivery by conveniently allowing Nairobi entrepreneurs to pay for their licenses online and receive an electronic unified business permit.
As opposed to the past where entrepreneurs were required to obtain multiple licenses, Sakaja assured that the UBP ushered in a new era.
Besides eliminating the need for multiple permits, he noted, the UBP will help to prevent revenue leakages in the county.
“We continue to make Nairobi Work, and I am glad that the UBP has now been activated as part of a deliberate effort to improve the ease of doing business parameters in this city,” he said.
“This electronic solution eliminates the issuance of multiple business permits in various service points, which has also been a key revenue leakage risk.”
Speaking during the activation, Sakaja said the new regime is expected to boost Nairobi City County Government’s own source revenues (0SR) performance and facilitate the collection of Ksh. 20 billion, by sealing revenue leakage points.
“With the activation of the UBP issuance on the NairobiPay Portal, the county government is now on course to generate and reach its target of Ksh20 Billion in Own Source Revenues to fund development projects in the city, ” Governor Sakaja said.
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In a subsequent statement on his X account, Sakaja explained that the days of multiple licenses from the County were over.
He asked Nairobi residents to visit nairobiservices.go.ke, dial *647# or visit the county’s revamped Customer Service Centre at City Hall Annex to get services.
About the UBP
The UBP combines the business, fire, food, health, and advertising licenses into one.
It will be available on the Nairobi City County Government’s NairobiPay Revenue service online portal.
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It has been in the development and pilot stages in recent months and was one of the key commitments made by Governor Sakaja in his manifesto.
Sakaja Extends Waiver
In addition to the new UBP the Governor has also extended the land rates waiver until 31st January 2024.
Customers can pay for their land rates using the NairobiPay Portal or dial *647#.