The Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) was established in 1990, by the EPZ Act CAP 517, Laws of Kenya. The Authority’s mandate is to promote and facilitate export oriented investments and to develop an enabling environment for such investments. The EPZ Authority is a State Corporation, under the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development. 

 The Authority's general direction is provided    by a Board comprising 15 members appointed  from both the private and public sectors. The  Board is headed by a Chairman appointed by the  President.

 The day to day operations of the Authority is  managed by a staff of 142 headed by a Chief Executive Officer. EPZ Authority staff operate from the Head Office at Athi River EPZ, the Athi River zone management office and the Mombasa Office located at Kipevu Zone.
The Authority’s budget is funded partly from the Exchequer and from Appropriations-in-Aid as well as self-generated revenues obtained from licence fees, rentals and other service fees.