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Telecommunications licensing in Kenya

Telecommunications licensing in Kenya – The Communications Authority of Kenya is the Regulatory Authority for the communications sector in Kenya. The Authority is responsible for facilitating the development of the information and communications sectors including Broadcasting, Multimedia, Telecommunications, Electronic, Commerce, Postal and Courier Services.

In this blog we are going to talk about the whole process for Telecommunications licensing in Kenya

Telecommunications licensing in Kenya – Outline

The Telecommunication Market Structure is divided into 6 market segments under the unified licensing framework. The market segments include:

  1. National network facilities provides
    1. Tier 1
    2. Tier 2
    3. Tier 3
  2. International network facilities providers
    1. Submarine cable landing license
    2. International gateway license
  3. Non-infrastructure service providers
    1. Application service providers
    2. Content service providers
  4. Terminal equipment providers
    1. Telecommunication terminal equipment contractors
    2. Telecommunication technical personnel
  5. Private very small aperture terminals (VSAT)
    1. Operated through VSAT hub operators licensed in Kenya
    2. Operated through foreign VSAT hub operators
  6. On time authorisation
    1. GMPCS landing rights authorization
    2. Business process outsourcing

Requirements for Telecommunications licensing in Kenya

The licensing process commences with the submission of a duly completed application form available at the authorities website. The applicants must meet the following conditions:

  1. Be registered in Kenya with the Registrar of Companies as a Company, Sole Proprietor or a Partnership
  2. Have a duly registered office and permanent premises in Kenya
  3. Provide details of Shareholders and Directors
  4. Registered Companies are required to have at least 20% local shareholding on or before the end of three years after receiving a license
  5. Provide Evidence of Compliance

At the conclusion of the licensing process, the applicant is advised of the outcome in writing. If the application is approved, the applicant is given a maximum of six months within which to take up the offer, failing which he/she may be required to apply a fresh if still interested in the license. The license must be put into operation within 12 months from the date of issuance.

It is a requirement that all electronic communications systems be type approved by the authority before they are activated. The authority inspects all networks before they are out into operation.

We hope that this Blog answered all your questions about Telecommunications licensing in Kenya. Feel Free To Contact Us for any clarification on the same or for compliance.

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How to Register an Insurance Agency in Kenya

How to Register an Insurance Agency in Kenya – The insurance industry is licensed and regulated by the Insurance Regulatory Authority. The authority is guided by the Insurance Act. The Authority work is to practice regulation and supervision that enables the industry players to be innovative and entrepreneurial. The Authority deploys significant resources in monitoring market behaviors, compliance and solvency issues.

After a person has registered their company they then contact the Authority for licensing.

This is the Procedure on How to Register an Insurance Agency in Kenya

  1. The applicant or its principle officer must have passed or been exempted from Certificate of Proficiency (COP) examination for Insurance Agents. The examination is offered by the College of Insurance.
  2. Documents as proof of nationality. Note that all agents must be East African citizens.
  3. Confirmation by the principle officer of the insurer whom the applicant proposes to be an agent certifying that the applicant has the knowledge and experience necessary act as an agent.
  4. A certified copy of the certificate of registration of business name reflecting the kind of business applied for. In case of corporate agent the following also be required A certified copy of the certificate of registration of business name reflecting the kind of business that applied for or a certificate incorporation
    1. A copy of the articles of association or rules and regulation
    2. Details of the shareholders or partners
  5. A Statement of all the classes of business the proposer intends to transact
  6. All proposal and policy forms of all the classes of business the proposer intends to transact, including all endorsements and other written matter appertaining to the same
  7. The premium rates the proposer intends to use
  8. The reinsurance arrangements
  9. Location of office and branches if any

For more information on licensing you can visit the Insurance Regulatory Authority website or Contact us for help in Compliance.

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How to start a Chemist Business in Kenya

How to start a Chemist Business in Kenya – People get sick all the time and this could be seen an opportunity in business world to start a chemist or drug store. However to operate a Chemist/ Pharmacy in Kenya is not easy. This is because of many licencing procedures that one should follow before setting it up.

The first thing to do is ensure that as the owner you have a diploma or degree in Pharmacy. You cannot operate a chemist without having qualifications in pharmacy from a recognized academic institution in Kenya. If you are qualified, proceed to the Pharmacy and Poisons Board for a license.

Types of premises that can be registered for pharmaceutical operations

  1. Premises for a pharmacist – for carrying on the business of a pharmacist
  2. Premises for wholesale – for carrying on the business of a pharmacist on a wholesale basis only
  3. Premises for a pharmaceutical technologist – for carrying on the business of a pharmaceutical technologist

Any premise for a pharmacist shall be registered as either type of premise but not any two or all. Where a person wishes to carry out a combination of the above then the person shall lodge an application for registration of different sets of premises and each set have a designated superintendent.


  1. Registered business either by sole proprietorship, partnership or limited company. Read more on how to register a Business/ Company here
  2. Application in writing for registration of premises and filling of the prescribed forms
  3. Copies of academic certificates of the superintendent pharmaceutical technologist. A copy of diploma/degree certificate in pharmacy must be included
  4. A copy of enrolment certificate by Pharmacy & Poisons Board of Kenya for the superintendent pharmaceutical technologist
  5. Floor plan of the premise
  6. The recommended equipment’s must be in place
  7. A copy of the recommended Reference books at the premise

The board shall then review the application forms and documents. In addition the board may arrange an interview for the applicant by the practice committee of the board. After which an inspection of the proposed premises will be conducted by the pharmaceutical inspector to assess the suitability of the intended business. The inspection report will be presented in the prescribed inspection form.

The board can either issue the annual certificate of registration of premises or advise the applicant in writing in case of unsuccessful application and clearly state the reason the application was unsuccessful. In the case an unsuccessful application the applicant will be given further opportunity to revise and comply. Where the applicant is able to revise the application and comply a license will be issued otherwise the premises shall remain unregistered and the file will be close after about 6 months from the date of initial application.

We hope that we answered your question on How to start a Chemist Business in Kenya, We wish you all the best as you embark on this exciting journey, feel free to Contact Us for more clarification on the process.


How to register a Hospital or any other Medical Institution in Kenya

How to register a Hospital or any other Medical Institution in Kenya – So you have been thinking of registering a hospital or a nursing home? Here is what you need.  Registration for medical institution is done by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. The mandate of the board is to register and ensure that all medical institutions may it be a hospital, nursing home, maternity Home, Health center, Dispensary, Laboratory are duly registered and run according to the laws and regulations of Kenya.

Requirements for Opening up a Medical Institution.

  1. Provide the company/ business registration certificate
  2. Obtain forms from the board fill in the forms. The forms should be filled in with the help of an area medical officer or the county (provincial) medical officer. For example if the medical institution is in Mombasa, the Mombasa area/country medical officer should be also to help you with the process.
  3. Submit separate inspection report with relevant details signed by the inspection team.
  4. Provide certified copies of professional qualifications of all medical personnel working there e.g. Private practice license for doctors and nurses and their registration certificate.
  5. Provide building architectural plans that must be signed by relevant authorities
  6. In case of hospitals, to provide mortuary/storage facilities for dead bodies
  7. There must be a clear drainage system and accessibility to the facility
  8. In case of hospital, a pharmacy run by a qualified pharmacist/pharmaceutical technologist must be in place
  9. It is the responsibility of the proprietor/ Administration/ Director to ensure that
    1. The facility is kept clean
    2. Institution license is up to date
    3. Health professionals working there in are registered/ licensed appropriately

The license fees to pay depends on the type of facility that one is putting up however there is an application fee for Kshs 1,000.

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How to register a SACCO in Kenya

How to register a SACCO in Kenya – In recent times, the number of Sacco’s in the country has grown tremendously. A Sacco is a very effective way of saving and way to access quick and cheap means of raising capital. The Sacco as an entity has power that comes from having members and regular income from contributions. There are two types of Sacco’s

  1. Non deposit taking Sacco – They are registered by the commissioner for cooperative development to mobilize saving from their members and also provide credit facilities against the collateral of such savings. They are governed under the Cooperative societies Act, and are not authorized to take withdraw-able deposits or present themselves to the public as deposit taking entities
  2. Deposit taking Sacco – They are licensed and regulated by SASRA (Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority). Besides the basic saving and credit products they also provide basic banking services ie they demand deposits, provide payment services and some even provide ATMs.

Registration Requirements for a Non Deposit Taking Sacco

  1. Formal request in writing to the commissioner for cooperative development with intent for the formation of a non-deposit taking Sacco
  2. Proposed Names for Search and approval
  3. Objectives of the society
  4. The number of members in the society ( at least 10 members)
  5. The name, occupation and postal addresses of the chairman, treasurer and secretary
  6. Proposed physical address of the society, address includes road, plot number, town and county
  7. Constitution of the society
  8. Sacco Registration Forms

Upon provision of the above the cooperative officer shall convene a meeting within a week with the proposed members, the main agenda being pre cooperative education. Other requirements for the registration shall be communicated at this point. Upon approval of the Name and Registration the Sacco is required to convene the first general meeting with a month after receipt of the certificate.

Registration Requirements for a Deposit Taking Sacco

  1. Capital: the Sacco has to provide a minimum core capital of Kshs 10 million as shown in their financial or through submission of bank statements
  2. Fit and proper test: all directors and senior management will be subject to a fit and proper test vetting their moral and professional suitability to be on the board and to manage the Sacco Society Respectively.
  3. Business Plan: a detailed four year business plan and feasibility study including projected financial statements.
  4. Fill in and submit application forms to SASRA and required documents
  5. If satisfied SASRA will issue a letter of intent, upon which the Sacco will be required to set up its business premises, put in place the management information systems and develop a comprehensive risk management framework.
  6. Once the above is completed SASRA will conduct an onsite inspection within 30 days and if satisfied will issue a Letter of Compliance to the Sacco within another 30 days.
  7. The body will then issue a License upon payment of the stipulated license fees.

The estimated time is 4 months for a Sacco that fully complies with all the licensing requirements. The license for deposit taking is renewable annually.

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