THE PROFESSIONAL CENTRE

The Professional Centre Building on Parliament Road was built in the early seventies to provide a focal point for various professionals in the Country. It is a building wholly owned by the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA)

The Professional Centre is a company wholly owned by the Association of Professional Societies in East Africa (APSEA) was incorporated on the 3rd day of March, 1972 and established by the Companies Act (CAP 486). Among the many objectives of the Professional Centre include but are not limited to promoting the interests of professionals in East Africa and to own and operate property for the purpose of assisting professional bodies in East Africa.

 

So far the Professional Centre has served well its original purpose and apart from providing meeting rooms where professionals can converge to discuss their issues, it has also housed a number of professional associations including the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), Architectural Association of Kenya (AAK), Kenya Dental Association (KDA), National Nurses Association of Kenya (NNAK) and the Association of Consulting Engineers of Kenya (ACEK).

  • Launch of East African Common Market Protocol

The Ministry of East Africa Community requested for a partnership with APSEA so that the Association may participate in the sensitization process of the Common Market Protocol among the professionals.  As a result of these efforts APSEA has, been fully integrated into all trade policy formulation in the Kenya EPA national negotiating team, KEPLOTRADE, GATs among others.

The coming in to force of  the East African Common Market Protocol on 1st July 2010, was yet another key highlight for the year. APSEA has been a member of the High Level Task Force negotiation the East African Common Market Protocol since 2006 and our representative Mr. Vincent Oluoch has played a significant role in the negotiations . Besides, the negotiation of the protocol, APSEA influenced a change of  policy when it made a request to the Ministry of East African Community to abolish requirements for work permits for East African professionals seeking to work in Kenya. Following this request, His Excellency the President while launching the common market protocol directed the Ministry of immigration to waive work permit fees for all East Africans seeking employment in Kenya.

  • APSEA continues to be the key contact with the Ministry of Trade in matters related to professional services.  As a result APSEA is expanding its mandate to include the promotion of export of services from and within the region.
  • APSEA continues to advocate for enactment of legislative framework for its members. APSEA through the Professional Integrity and Ethics Committee (PIEC) has been addressing issues relating to ethics, codes of conduct and supporting legislation.  APSEA will continue to seek the views of member professional Associations and Societies on aspects they consider a hindrance to efficient delivery of professional services.  Since then two Associations, the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK) and Kenya Institute of Supplies Management (KISM) have succeeded in passing their legislations through Parliament and having these enacted into law. Two other associations, the Society of Radiography in Kenya (SORK) and Kenya Institute of Management (KIM) have had their Bills drafted.
  • In 2006, APSEA advocated for the abolition of the Single Business Permit Levy by Local Authorities by presenting a memorandum to the working committee on regulatory reforms for business activity in Kenya.

APSEA Corporate Members

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