Ministry of Tourism

The ministry is a successor to the ministries of East African Community, Trade and Tourism.

The ministry will manage EAC and regional integration affairs, develop and promote trade policies and promotion and market Kenya as a tourist destination

The ministry has three state departments notably:

A. State Department of EAC:
This department will manage East African community affairs and the coordination and implementation of community programmes and projects.

B. State Department of Commerce
This department will manage international trade, export promotion and the development of markets for Kenyan produce.

C. State department of Tourism
Our unique product offering ranging from sandy beaches, snow-capped mountains, rich cultural heritage and abundant wildlife such as the BIG FIVE, positions Kenya as a premier tourist destination. This department will be charged with the responsibility of developing our tourist industry with an additional focus on eco, cultural, sports and conference tourism.

Other Key Officers

Director of Economic Affairs
Mr. Richard Sindiga

Director of Social Affairs
Mrs. Agnes Fila

Director of Productive and Sector Services
Mr. Alfred Kitolo

Director of Political Affairs
Mr. David Njoka

Director of Tourism
Mr. Kipkorir Lagat

• Co ordination of Government of participation in East African Community Affairs
• Co ordination of Regional Integration
• Community Meetings and Institutions
• Development and Promotion of Tourism
• EA Community Meetings and Institutions
• East African Community Affairs
• Fair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection
• Kenya South Sudan Support Integration
• Policy on East African Community
• Promotion of Retail and Wholesale Markets
• Tourism Policy Management
• Trade Development Policy Institutions
• Bomas of Kenya
• Catering, Training and Development Levy Trustees
• East African Legislative Assembly
• Export Promotion Council
• Kenya Institute of Business Training
• Kenya National Trading Corporation
• Kenya Safari Lodges and Hotels
• Kenya Tourism Board
• Kenya Tourism Development corporation
• Kenya Tourist Board
• Kenya Utalii College
• Kenyatta International Conference Centre
• Tourism Regulatory Authority
• Tourism Research Institute
• Tourism Trust Fund


State Department of Commerce & Tourism 
Utalii House, Off Uhuru Highway, 
P.O. Box 30027, Nairobi 
Tel: 020-31301

State Department of East African Community 
16th Floor, Co-op Bank House, 
Haile Selassie Avenue, 
P.O.BOX 8846-00200 
Nairobi, Kenya
Mobile Phone:
+254 729111108 /
+254 733208888
Telkom Wireless:
+254 020 2603599 /
+254 020 2603733
+254 20 2245741 /
+254 20 2211614



+254 20 2245741 / +254 20 2211614

Najib Balala

Hon Najib Balala is the current Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife. Balala studied Business Administration and International Urban Management and Leadership from the University of Toronto and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.

Fatuma Hersi

International Civil Servant with broad experience in international and public relations, strategic communications and management and reputation management.

Direct experience with the United Nations in development and cooperation programmes.

Previously worked in the postal services, banking, media (electronic and print) and telecommunications (fixed and mobile telephony).