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Access to Domestic Law Enforcement

Kenya commits to ensuring that international and domestic law enforcement agencies have full and effective access to beneficial ownership information for companies and other legal entities registered within their jurisdiction.

Country: Kenya

Status: ongoing

Themes: Beneficial ownership

Last updated: December 2020


Concrete: Concrete | New: Not New | Ambitious: Not Ambitious

  • 8 Evidence:

    Beneficial Ownership reform in Africa: analysing progress in Ghana, Kenya, and Nigeria

    The Companies (Beneficial Ownership Information) Regulation 2020


    The Multi-Agency Team (MAT) framework - See sec 2.2

    The Multi-Agency Team Partners With NIAca For Executive Training Course

    The Companies Regulations 2019

    The Companies Amendment Act 2017

    More information on the 2017 Companies Amendment Act

  • 7 Notes:

    The regulations have been adopted and Business Registration Service is in the process of finalizing the registry to kick-start collection of beneficial ownership data. As of 13th October 2020, the Business Registration Service started collecting Beneficial Ownership information. There is the Multi Agency Team made up of different law enforcement agencies with the capacity to incorporate ad hoc members on need basis. This is a loose framework that works well despite not being formal. The reports available for this team are only accessible by members,and the information available that are related to 2019.

    Ghana and Kenya recently launched Africa’s newest online central beneficial ownership (BO) registers in October of this year.

    Updated: October 31, 2020

    The provision is contained in the The Companies (Beneficial Ownership Information)Regulations, 2020, gazetted in Feb 2020. Competent Authorities will have full access to Beneficial Ownership Information.

    Updated: April 30, 2020

    This provision is contained in the The Companies (Beneficial Ownership Information) Regulations, 2019.

    Updated: October 30, 2019

    The regulations that guide the development of the register are currently undergoing public review . The register is set to be accessed at varying degrees by citizens and Law enforcement agencies

    Updated: May 30, 2019

    The drafting of the regulations has opened up a discussion regarding who gets to access the information in the database - stakeholder validation discussions.

    Updated: October 30, 2018

    The Companies Amendment Act 2017 requires companies to disclose names and addresses of Beneficial Owners. Additionally the Business Registration Service has since designed the forms that Companies will use to collect information on beneficial owners . The forms are however yet to be Gazetted.

    Updated: June 30, 2018

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