Tracking and Tracing Tobacco Products in Kenya

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dc.identifier.citation Ross, H. (2016). Tracking and Tracing Tobacco Products in Kenya. A Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit Working Paper Number 164. Cape Town: SALDRU, University of Cape Town.
dc.identifier.isbn 978-1-928281-25-2
dc.description.abstract Although estimates of the size of the illicit cigarette market in Kenya vary, the government sees it as a problem and has been trying to address the issue since the early 2000's. Between 2003 and 2013 the Kenyan government experimented with numerous measures designed to reduce tobacco tax evasion with varying degrees of success. In the end, it decided to implement a tracking and tracing system for cigarettes (and alcohol products) and joined a small but growing number of countries addressing illicit tobacco trade via a technological solution. The introduction of the new system required a systematic approach, participation of all stakeholders, and an initial investment into infrastructure and enforcement. Preliminary results indicate that the new system, accompanied by an electronic cargo monitoring system, has reduced the size of the illicit cigarette market and substantially increased tax revenue for the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). The experience of Kenya highlights the importance of political will, consistency, and comprehensiveness of the system addressing tax evasion, because piecemeal measures have only short-term effects. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Saldru Working Paper;164
dc.subject Tobacco industry en_US
dc.subject tobacco tracking en_US
dc.subject tobacco tracing en_US
dc.title Tracking and Tracing Tobacco Products in Kenya en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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