Since 2008, KSC has been able to achieve some milestones through the support of namely the Busines Advocacy Fund (BAF), the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion Project of the USAID (USAID-COMPETE) & and TradeMark East Africa (TMEA). The Council has and continues to receive extensive support from its founder members namely, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), East Africa Tea Trade Association (EATTA), Kenya Coffee Traders Association (KCTA), Fresh Produce Exporters Association (FPEAK), and the East Africa Cement Producers Association East Africa (EACPA)
The Business Advocacy Fund supports business member organizations (BMOs) to engage in private public dialogue and to advocate for an improved business environment in Kenya. Business advocacy is the process of influencing the development and implementation of public policies that affect the business sector. The Fund supported the Council between 2008 and 2010 towards initiating structured advocacy engagement with Ministry of Transport officials, CFS operators, and Ship Agents.
TradeMark East Africa is a not for profit company which aims to promote regional trade and economic integration in East Africa. TMEA supports the EAC Secretariat, EAC Partner State governments, business and civil society organisations to take forward and benefit from the process of economic integration in East Africa. Based in Nairobi with offices throughout the EAC region, TMEA works through partnerships and manages funds and programmes on behalf of donors which share these goals. In 2010, TMEA supported the Council towards establishing of an online trade database of import and export rules, regulations, documents and procedures for easier access to traders. It continues to support the Council to improve the capacity of the Council towards effectively advocating for a reduction in transport and related costs.
The United States Agency on Aid and Development (USAID) launched the Competitiveness and Trade Expansion (COMPETE) program aimed at enhancing economic growth and food security in Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). The project will stimulate trade and competitiveness by reducing trade barriers, improving market access and furthering regional integration in Eastern Africa. The project will run from 11th February 2009 to 1st March 2013 and will be headquartered in Nairobi.
Between 2010 and 2011, the COMPETE project helped the Council to strengthen its operational capacity through an institutional capacity enhancement grant. This was towards transition from a Kenyan to Eastern Africa representative; the Shippers Council of East Africa, assist us in increasing membership, initiate logistics best practice workshops for members and enhance the website.