Following the Signing on the MOU on Cooperation between the CCPIT Guangzhou Committee and the KNCCI, Mombasa Chapter in November 2016, the Chairman Mr. James Mureu has hosted and chaired the inaugural meeting today that was attended by the the CCPIT Guangzhou Vice President Mr. Liu Ze Wu at the chamber offices in Mombasa. The meeting identified and discussed vocational training for youth and women, training of Chinese translators in partnership with local universities, Investment in the tourism Infrastructure, light industries support and twining of Mombasa with Guangzhou. It was also noted that there is a growing interest by Chinese investors to open and operate local value addition units and industrial parks especially in Mombasa and along the coast due to proximity of the port and the commissioning of the new SGR.
The SMEs Growth and Opportunity Conference organized by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry took place on 6th and 7th July 2017 at The Sarova White Sands resort and Spa Mombasa. It was sponsored by KCB Bank and the Capital Market Authority.
The Kenya national Chamber of commerce and industry recognizes that the SMEs sector in Kenya like in other developing countries, plays a crucial role in growing and sustaining economic development and forms the backbone of the economy thus the initiative to organize such an event whose main objectives was to provide a platform for the SMEs to present the challenges they face, to identify factors affecting the growth of SMEs and to identify areas of opportunity and growth among SMEs, to establish the key drivers of growth amongst the SMEs, to link SMEs and lending institutions and to share success stories amongst the SMEs.
The conference whose theme was ‘challenging times-New opportunities’ was graced by over 350 delegates from the Mombasa business community, Small and Micro Enterprises in the coastal region and people from all walks of life who engage in business. This event also hosted 34 Exhibitors from different organizations who included Corporates, The County government of Mombasa and State Corporations. KNCCI sponsored the Jua kali sector and women in Micro and small enterprises to exhibit and sell their products during this event.
The Conference presented two days of thought provoking speeches and knowledge enrichment with over 30 high level speakers who engaged regional industry players, government representatives, entrepreneurs and business men and women. the speakers included Dr. Chris Kirubi – Director CENTUM Investment, Dr Fred Mugambi –Deputy Commissioner KRA/ KESRA, Mrs. Arjmand Banu Khan – UN Women’s programme specialist for Women Economic Empowerment,Mrs. Jane Isiaho – Regional Manager KCB, Mr. Luke Ombara – Director, regulatory policy and strategy Capital Markets Authority among many other impressive professional and entrepreneurs and who offered new insights, fresh perspectives and strategies on hot industry topics.Challenges faced by SMEs were highlighted and future interventions were proposed on the same. Exhibitors, speakers and delegates were provided with networking sessions where they had a chance to exchange first-hand information on the challenges facing them, demonstrate their products as well as provide end solutions where possible.
The 4th Intergovernmental Authority on Development Business forum (IBF) was held on 11th -12th July 2017 at Bamburi Beach Hotel, Mombasa. The meeting was hosted by Mr. James Ndungu Mureu, National Vice Chairman Kenya National Chamber of commerce.The purpose of the meeting was to take stock of IGAD business forum achievements since its formation in 2010, increase understanding of IGAD in regards to each country representation, and dialog on agenda for Kenya’s tenure as chair for the next two years.The IGAD delegation also visited the port of Mombasa on Wednesday 12 th July led by the IGAD Secretary General Mr. Joseph Rwanshote and paid a courtesy call to the MD Ms. Catherine Mturi Wairi,
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) signed on Wednesday a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that established a practical framework for enhancing economic cooperation and strengthening trade ties between Kenya and the emirate.
The MoU was signed during the Kenya Business Briefing which the Chamber hosted at its premises in cooperation with the Consulate General of the Republic of Kenya. The event was attended by Kariuki Mugwe, Consul General of Kenya in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Ambassador Tom Amolo, Political and Diplomatic Secretary for Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Atiq Juma Nasib, Senior Vice President – Commercial Services, Dubai Chamber, Dr Moses Ikiara, Managing Director, Kenya Investment Authority, Mr. Omar Khan, Director – International Offices, Dubai Chamber, and other delegates representing Kenya’s public and private sectors. KNCCI was represented by the Ag. National Vice Chairman Mr. James N Mureu who was also leading a delegation of Kenyan business men comprising of KNCCI members.
The Kenya national Chamber of Commerce and Industry in partnership with the Kenya Bureau of Standards organized a sensitization workshop which was held on 4th May 2017, at the Bandari College, Mombasa .The workshop was well attended by representatives from different sectors in the Mombasa Business community
The Kenya bureau of standards regularly seeks to educate Kenyans especially the business community on standardization and conformity assessment to empower them make more informed decisions during production and trade in goods and services, this is in line with their Corporate Social responsibility.
The KEBS Managing Director,Mr Charles Ongwae officially started off the workshop with some welcoming remarks which was followed by different presentations from Mr. Chriss Kibett,Mr. Charles Gachahi,Mr. Eric Chesire and Dr. Henry Rotich which sought to emphasize on the role of businesses in ensuring consumer protection from sub-standard goods that may harm their health, safety and environment.
Representatives from KIFFWA, KAM, KNCCI and CFSA were given an opportunity to give a few remarks on the challenges their members face when dealing with the Kenya Bureau of Standards.
The 12th ICS Annual gala dinner & award presentation ceremony that took place on 28th April 2017 at Voyager Beach Resort Mombasa. This colourful event was well attended by special guests from South Africa, UK and the East African countries which have continued to support the growth of the maritime industry in Kenya . All maritime stakeholders from the maritime Industry like Kenya Ports Authority, Kenya Maritime Authority, Shipping lines and logistics companies were also present to witness the award and recognition of top students in the country. The Managing Director, KPA, Ms. Catherine Mturi-Waira awarded certificates to the best candidates who had best performances worldwide and in East Africa. The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mombasa Chapter was also recognised during the award ceremony for continues support offered to the Instate of Chartered ship brokers in supporting the growth of the East African maritime industry and professionals.
A strong business delegation of about 64 Japanese companies eyeing to explore business opportunities in the proposed Mombasa Special Economic Zone was today hosted by the Managing Director of Kenya Ports Authority Mrs Catherine Mturi at Bandari Collage for a brief on the port expansion plan supported by JICA and the Japanese Government. The MD, KPA made a detailed presentation on the available investment opportunities presented by the port expansion in line with the port strategic plan and Vision 2030 while the Chairman of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mombasa Chapter Mr. James N. Mureu made a presentation on why Mombasa remain the most attractive investment destination in Kenya. H.E. Toshitsugu Uesawa the Ambassador of Japan to Kenya and the Indian High Commissioner to Kenya Ms. Suchitra Durai, were also present in the meeting.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry in Partnership with the Egyptian Embassy, Commercial Office hosted the Egyptian Food Trade Mission in Mombasa from the 3rd-to the 5th of April 2017. On 3rd April 2017 the delegation led by the Egyptian Embassy Administrative Attache Mr. Alaa Salem paid courtesy visits to wholesalers at their shops located at Bondeni Area in Mombasa.This was to give the delegation the real feel of how the FMG business is conducted in Mombasa County.
The second day of the Trade mission commenced by having Business-to-Business meetings with chamber members at Sarova Whitesands Beach Hotel & Spa Mombasa with a key interest in Confectionary, Juices, beef, sea foods, nuts, snacks, fruits, vegetables, poultry and Dairy Products. The meeting was well attended by decision makers from the Mombasa Business Community dealing with the same products.
The chamber’s main objective is to link businesses and promote trade across the globe whereby members are able to develop long-term trade and investment opportunities in foreign markets, this include small and medium-sized enterprises, women, & youth entrepreneurs.
It is with this regard that the main objective of the Kenya-Egypt Food trade mission was to promote partnerships between Kenyan and Egyptian companies.
The trade mission was concluded by a courtesy visit by the Egyptian delegation to the Chamber offices in Mombasa where they were hosted by the Vice Chairperson and the board of directors.
On 8th February 2017 James Mureu the Chairman of KNCCI Mombasa County hosted a delegation from the Qazvin Chamber of commerce from the people’s Republic of Iran led by the President of the Chamber Mr. Alireza Keshavarz Ghasemi.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and industry, Mombasa County was pleased to host the High Commissioner of the South African Republic H.E Kaleka Mqulwana during her first official visit to the port city of Mombasa.
The visit aimed at building a strong mutual relation with South Africa and as a prerequisite a VSO center has been opened in Mombasa to ease the Visa Application Process for businessmen.