KNCCI fraternity paid a courtesy call to the Nyeri County Governor’s office. H.E Governor Mutahi Kahiga appreciated the KNCCI Nyeri Chapter relationship with the county Government and the involvement of Nyeri County chapter with the business community.
KNCCI National Chairman in his speech emphasized on the need to enhance the collaboration between the County Government of Nyeri and KNCCI. National Chairman Kiprono Kittony emphasized on the fact that there is need to strengthen the Chamber membership movement at the County level and the idea of enforcing compulsory County Chamber membership for all businesses before engaging in businesses with the government. The Chamber Nyeri chapter has to generate a database containing business contacts in collaboration with the County Government, towards establishing an SME/Enterprise development Database.
The National Chairman Proposed that KNCCI will progressively engage in activities to enhance trade development and facilitation for Nyeri County through economic diplomacy, strengthening trade missions, regional integration and partnerships with a focus on both the public and private sector. Later KNCCI held the Mt Kenya Business forum at White Rhino Hotel on which was graced by the National chairman Kiprono Kittony. Also in attendance was National Vice Chair James Mureu, Director Mary Muthoni, CEC Trade Nyeri county, Diana Kendi Taricha and chairmen from Kiriyaga, Nyeri, Meru, Laikipia, Kiambu, Nyandarua and Nyeri amongst others.
The business forum was well attended with over 100 members of the business community from Nyeri county. The Business community appreciated the great relationship that the Nyeri Chamber have with them. Amongst the resent achievements that the Nyeri Chapter has achieved in their favor is to facilitate them to get a waiver on payments of the land rates. The business community is looking forward to more of the same arrangements to effect a favorable business environment.
Some of the challenges that the Business community is facing are the increasing rate of insecurity , congestion in the town, Unfairness in issuing of tenders at the county Government since the county does not observe the 30% rule, lack of garbage collection and very limited access to financial .
The CEC Trade confirmed that the County Government of Nyeri is working hard in collaboration with the National Government to ensure security in the county so that the county can operate in 24hrs.The county is also constructing new markets in the outskirts of town so as to decongest Nyeri town while at the same time expanding the already existing markets. Garbage collection is currently being done 3 times a week to curb the garbage menace. To help finance youths and women in business the county Government is giving the Enterprise development fund loans which is so far the cheapest business loan in the country with an interest rate of 7%. This will go a long way to support the growth of SMEs in the county
KNCCI promised to support the Mt Kenya business community in various capacities. KNCCI National Director and Director in-charge of the Central Region Mary Muthoni commented on the current plans by the chamber to have three consecutive trainings that will be directed to the women in Business to equip them with skills on how to register their companies, how to be compliant and how to be sustainable and competitive in business. KNCCI appealed to the business community that, for the economy to grow and overcome the challenges the businesses face, the business community must embrace inclusivity and togetherness and join hands in addressing business concerns. In his speech KNCCI National Chairman, Kiprono Kittony urged every business person to join KNCCI membership to help the Chamber drive its agenda.