The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry has today launched its membership services strategy that will form the guideline on which services all members at national and county level are entitled to receive. This is in recognition that the Chamber is a business membership trade support institution entitled to protect commercial and industrial interests of its members and the business community at large. KNCCI membership from the 47 counties constitute of Micro and Small Enterprises, medium and large enterprises, corporates and multinationals.
Among the services being launched for members in various tiers including Platinum (Patron), Gold (Brand Positioners), Silver (Brand Builders and Bronze Corporate or Executive Membership include:
· Informative, learning and training seminars and events
· Trade and Investment information
· Introduction to government ministries and contacts
· Support and recommendation letters and visa processing
· Support in organizing company events
· Business support and consultancy services
· Sectoral nominations to sit in working committees
· Market information and data
Speaking at the event Chamber President Kiprono Kittony said the Chamber remains the main platform from which businesses can network with fellow members, share information about their businesses and gain business leads.
“KNCCI membership opens the door to new opportunities and helps businesses of all sizes to achieve more than they could ever achieve by working alone. We help build relationships on every level, in every county, nationally and internationally,” says Chamber President Kiprono Kittony.
Other than services there are numerous benefits of being a member of the chamber including:
· Increased credibility to businesses: Increased positive perception among consumers and business owners
· Increased visibility in the community through newsletters, Kenya Chamber magazine
· Promotion and publicity through member exclusive and business to business advertising
· Participation in key working committees including: women in business, youth and enterprise, land and agribusiness, advocacy etc. Participation provides numerous networking opportunities
· Voice in government to address tough issues & opposing new regulations and taxation fees. This helps protect the principles of free enterprise and ensures all businesses are treated fairly
· Generating more business contacts through networking and referrals
Speaking at the same event Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Principal Secretary Chris Kiptoo lauded the Chamber’s activities which he said augment government efforts in promoting trade and improving the economic environment.
“The Chamber is perhaps the biggest ally to the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives and we must work hand in hand to improve county, regional and international trade. Chamber members form the bulk of businesses and taxpayers countrywide and thus as a partner of Chamber we are happy to be part of this event,” says PS Kiptoo.
“For the first time as a result of negotiations between Governments of Kenya and South Africa, our businessmen can now enjoy multiple year visa with the chamber having facilitated this achievement. This is a clear evidence of benefits the Chamber offers to members,” added Mr Kittony.
During the launch the Chamber also launched various new programmes and signature events among them:
· Golf Tournaments. 2nd tournament to be held on 26th April 2019
· CSR Events: Narok H2 2019
To be introduced:
· Annual Investment Conference: KNCCI National SME Business Conference – SME Week (May 2019)
· Annual Awards Ceremony: recognizes and rewards outstanding performance
· Chamber President’s breakfast:
· President Round Table Forums: Platinum members
· Chamber member dinners
· Business after hours’ mixers
· Chamber refer a speaker program