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Mombasa Port Community Charter Evaluation,Review and Revision

Today the KNCCI Mombasa Vice Chairman and National Chairman of the KNCCI IMPEX club Mr. Mustafa Ramadhan held a meeting at the KNCCI Mombasa office with Africa Economic and Social Development Consultants to evaluate and review the Mombasa Port Community Charter. 

The Mombasa Community Charter was launched by H. E President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2014 in abide to improve infrastructure and prosper development.

The set out goals of the Mombasa Port Community Charter were to;
a) Establish a permanent framework of collaboration that binds the Port Community to specific actions, collective obligations, targets and timelines.
b) Complement the individual institutions service charters by way of adoption where appropriate, in a holistic approach along the Mombasa Corridor.
c) Introduce education and publicize to cargo owners, traders, labour unions, civil society and the general public the best industry practices and the guiding principles, and inculcate acceptance behaviour by all citizens participating in international trade: and
d) Develop and implement a self-monitoring mechanism to ensure implementation of collective community obligations. The senior managers of the participating Port Community entities shall voluntarily submit themselves to sanctions for breach of any of the collective obligations.

The review will give an inaction of how much has been achieved since the launch and also identify areas that require more effort and attention. 

 

 

 

The Mombasa Business Awards 2017 Winners

The 5th Edition of the Mombasa Business Awards and Gala Dinner  was held on 15th December 2017  at Wild Waters Mombasa.

The awards main aim is to demontrate KNCCI’s commitment in setting standards of business excellence within Mombasa  County. This event was graced by over 700 business men  from different organisation.

The Awards winners in the 22 categories were:

Award for Best Small Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dreamz World Group

After a lot of soul searching and research dreamz world group realized that there was a gap in the Travel industry in Mombasa as pertains Reliability, Flexibility, Dependability, Cost effectiveness, speed and value, that is why they decided to get into the market and create a niche. Air travel and Leisure is their core business. They handle Air Ticket booking services, Airport Transfers, institutions travel solutions, accommodation arrangements, excursions safaris, holiday arrangements for individuals and groups. They also handle corporate team building and peak performance training that is anchored upon every organization’s core values and packaged in activities that directly seek to address every silo and challenges that organizations face.

They desire is to providing a one stop shop for travel services with linkages across the region, Africa and the world at large.

Award for the Best Medium Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rangi Africa Limited

Rangi Africa Limited is a medium sized paint manufacturing company based in Mombasa. They strive to ensure that their customers are satisfied with their products and this has allowed them to receive a very good customer referral base and break into some new markets by referral. They have also maintained very good relationships with their suppliers and contractors because they do not compromise their standards and work ethics.

Rangi Africa pays meticulous attention to detail because of its holistic and customer-centered approach. They provide friendly, expert paint consultation and guaranteed customer satisfaction.

Award for the Best Use of Technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Transport & Safety Authority

The National Transport and safety Authority was established through an Act of Parliament; Act Number 33 on 26th October 2012. The objective of forming the Authority was to harmonize the operations of the key road transport departments and help in effectively managing the road transport sub-sector and minimizing loss of lives through road crashes.

The NTSA Transport Integrated management system (TIMS) is a free, seamless and convenient portal for members of the public to access NTSA services. This has introduced convince and efficiency oin the Registering and licensing of motor vehicles, Motor vehicle transfers, driving license renewals and many other services that are offered to the public through the TIMS portal. NTSA has brought services closer to the people through the use of technology.

Award for the Best Business Leader

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. B.T Shah (Mombasa Cement)

B.T. Shah is a Director at Mombasa Cement. Mombasa Cement Limited (MCL) was founded in 2007 to cater for the building construction segment as one of the top-quality cement manufacturers in the East African community and beyond. The firm installed the mother plant at Vipingo, Mombasa for cement clinkerization with a one-million-ton capacity and a cement grinding unit at Athi River, Nairobi. MCL is one of East Africa’s leading cement producers with an annual capacity of 800,000 tons. From 2012, production capacity will enhance to 1.6 million tons.

Award for the Best Employer

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecu Worldwide (K) Limited

ECU Worldwide is the largest non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) with offices throughout the world specializing in freight consolidation. Thier core business is the handling of Less than Container Load (LCL), Full Container Load (FCL), and air cargo to numerous destinations worldwide.ECU Worldwide offers bi-weekly, weekly and daily services via our globally coordinated network of 300+ offices firmly established in over 160 countries including Latin America, Caribbean, Europe, Mediterranean, Middle East, Africa and Asia.

ECU Worldwide has guaranteed space with all carriers and private off dock warehousing at most destinations.

They have been voted this year’s best employer. 

Award for the Best Growth Strategy

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mombasa Maize Millers

Mombasa Maize Millers are the largest millers of maize and wheat in Kenya producing both maize flour and wheat flour under the Taifa brand and animal feeds under the brand name Faida Feeds. Founded by the brothers Islam Ali and Ahmed Ali in 1978, Mombasa Maize Millers is now managed by the second generation of the family, growing from a single small maize mill in Mombasa to become the largest miller of maize and wheat in Kenya. Mombasa Maize Millers have always taken pride in providing consumers with the quality, achieved by fine tuning the milling process and their stringent quality standards in selecting raw materials.

This year they are recognized as the company that has employed the best growth strategy over the years.

Award for New Business of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grain Industries Ltd

Grain Industries Limited (GIL) is a company located in the Shimanzi area of Mombasa, Kenya. GIL has invested in a state of the art milling plant and has a vision to be the number one consumer goods company in Africa.

Their main mission of GIL is to consistently improve the living standards of its consumers by providing them with world class quality products and services as well as value of money.

They recently rolled out their full-scale operations that is sending shockwaves in the market. They are this the 2017 new business of the year.

Award for Decade of Excellence in Business

 

 

 

 

 

 

Express Shipping and Logistics (Ea) Ltd

ESL is one of the most successful independent ships agency and holistic end-to-end logistics services provider. They are ISO certified 9001:2015 certified. They offer services to both public and private businesses in the East Africa Region.

Their values are reflected in the way they do business, always performing their duties exemplifying these values with respect both for their own people, customers, and suppliers.

Award for Women in Business

Cecily Kariuki -Labor Planet International Ltd

Cecily Kariuki is a nationally recognized professional in the field of Manpower outsourcing and provision of labor services.

Known as a shrewd and charismatic business lady and an extremely good public relations and human capital skills professional.  She is a versatile, ambitious and results oriented business professional with over 10 years’ experience in Human Resource Outsourcing and provision of Manpower and Facilities Management services to Government institutions and multinational organizations in Kenya and the greater East African region. 

Award for The Best Use of Social Media

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mombasa County Government Watch

For two years in a row the Mombasa County Government Watch, has wone tis category. Mombasa County Government watch is a page created to highlight some of the issues and challenges that citizens are facing that need to be looked at and get solved as quick as possible.

They currently have over 62,000 people following them on Facebook alone.

 Customer Focus Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Premium Energy Kenya

Premium Energy is part of the Premium group established in 2014 with an aim of moving more in to the upstream business of wholesale of Petroleum products as well as importation of white Petroleum products. Their operation has always been known for their quality service and exemplary customer service that leaves their customers satisfied at all times.

Award for Preferred Banking Institution                                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenya Commercial Bank

Kenya Commercial Bank has been recognized and awarded for being the most preferred banking institution two years in a row.

Get the right business account. Whether you’re starting out or just beginning to expand, they have shaped business solutions to support and put you in control of your business banking that’s why they are the most preferred banking institution.

Award for Best Corporate Citizenship

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mombasa Cement

Mombasa Cement Limited’s core foundations of operational excellence, product quality and CSR continue to result in large-scale industry success. t Mombasa Cement Limited recognize the importance of social responsibilities as a corporate citizen. They have CSR programs and projects in youth development, education and most recently they have embarked on building walls, restoration and replacing of old roofs in schools as well as police stations around Mombasa. Most notable of all their CSR activities is the restoration of the tasks along Moi avenue, which have been the long-standing symbol of Mombasa.

Award for Most Preferred Micro Finance institution

 

 

 

 

 

 

KWFT Bank

KWFT is a fully-fledged Microfinance Bank offering banking services that includes both savings and credit products that cater for the needs of Micro, Small and Medium sized entrepreneurs. KWFT’s products and services are open to Organized Groups, Individuals, and Corporates. As at December 2016, KWFT had a loan book Ksh 22.1 Billion, assets valued at Ksh 32.1 Billion and deposits of Ksh 17.2 Billion. From humble beginnings, KWFT has risen to be the most successful Microfinance bank controlling over 45% of the Microfinance market in Kenya. With over 800,000 clients across the country, KWFT has invested in a vast branch network with over 245 offices spread out across 45 out of the 47 counties in Kenya. This has ensured that KWFT has deep penetration into remote, rural and peri-urban areas to ensure that women gain financial inclusion to uplift their living standards. 

This is why they are the most preferred Microfinance Institution.

Award for Business Enabler of the Year

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kenya Trade Network Agency

Kenya Trade Network Agency (KENTRADE) is a state Agency under the National Treasury that is mandated to facilitate cross border trade and establish, manage and implement the National Electronic Single Window System (Kenya TradeNet System).

Kenya TradeNet System also known as Kenya National Electronic Single Window System has an inbuilt intelligence that enables traders who depend on east Africa’s economic gateway sea Port of Mombasa, airports and land border posts to track, clear and move their goods across borders much faster, easier and cheaper through a simplified cargo clearance process.

Award for Best Service in Tourism & Hospitality

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prideinn Paradise Beach Resort, Convention Center & Spa

PrideInn Paradise is only 25 mins from Mombasa City and also accessible from Vipingo Airstrip, with the powder so­ft sandy semi private alcove beach overlooking the shimmering Indian Ocean. Fringed by white beaches, and shaded by coconut palms, the silver ribbon of the Swahili coastline offers the ultimate tropical paradise. Bright white against the blue sky, set in extensive tropical gardens in the backdrop of the 13th century Swahili town.

This Resort is the ideal escape from all the stress. Business and Leisure at the Pride Inn Paradise is a lifestyle statement for the discerning and quality conscious. With its unique facilities this hotel is one of a kind.

Additional Facilities include largest convention centre for 2500 pax, aqua safari water theme park full of fun activities for all and a pool bar that also offers a street food experience with comfort food from all the corners of the world.

Award for Most Improved County Department

 

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Trade, Energy and Industry

The Department of Trade & Investment, Energy & Industry, Mombasa County. Was among the first departments to automate the issuance of single business permits through their E-Business permits platform. In Partnership with the World Bank Group, the county launched the automation of Business permits that included: 
                  1. Single Business Permit (Fire Protection and Dimensional Sign)
                  2. Liquor License 
                  3. Outdoor Advertising Permit.

Just recently the department launched an investment portal called “Mombasa Invest “which is now live. The portal is part of the digital reforms initiated by the County Government’s Department of Trade, Energy and Investment meant to provide an online interactive platform for both foreign and domestic investors. The portal will be a one–stop–shop, providing information on investment opportunities available in the County and end to end support from the County’s investment promotion agency, Mombasa Invest.

Award for Most Preferred Transport Company

Panal Freighters Limited

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panal Freighters Limited

Panal Freighters Limited is a one-stop shop when it comes to transportation and freight. The company has grown to become one of the household names in East and Central Africa offering freight forwarding services to its clientele nationally, regionally and internationally. The company has expert and dedicated staff that can facilitate effective solutions for your business using vast network of air, ocean, rail or road transportation modes, thus helping you extend your business horizon beyond the Kenyan boarders. Panal Freighters is ISO 9001:2008 Certificate and has been received the Kenya Ports Authority Award for Exemplary Service in Facilitation Cargo Clearance at the port of Mombasa.

Award for Most Preferred Training Institution

JKUAT, Mombasa Campus

 

 

 

 

 

 

JKUAT, Mombasa Campus

JKUAT Mombasa CBD Campus offers a blend of general, management and technology based long-term academic courses and tailor-made executive short courses. Their executive training is strategically supported by the university’s corporate partners in order to meet the ever-changing training needs of the executive trainee. Their executive training targets ambitious up-ward looking executives in companies, non-governmental organizations, local authorities, academic and research institutions, government ministries and agencies, parastatals and self-run consulting firms, who wish to gather specialized skills to propel them to higher levels in their careers. The campus is located at the heart of the coastal city of Mombasa in the stylish Mombasa Trade Centre (formerly Ambalal building) along Nkrumah road.

Award for Outstanding Community Service

 

 

 

 

 

 

Human Rights Agenda

Human Rights Agenda (HURIA) is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental organization based at the Coast of Kenya founded immediately after the 2010 referendum as a response to the dictates of the new constitutional order. The organization seeks to use human rights values and principles as well as constitutional values enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010. Their mission is to promote human rights culture embedded on respect and responsibility for the greater realization and equal enjoyment human rights by all through all levels of society

 

SACCO of the Year Award

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mombasa Port Sacco

Mombasa Port Sacco was registered on 7th November 1966 under the Co-operative ACT Chapter 490 with membership mainly drawn from the Kenya Cargo Handling Services Ltd. With the opening of the common bond their Members are now drawn mainly from Kenya Ports Authority, institutions within Mombasa County and across the country, former KPA employees (pensioners) and the business community.

The Sacco has been licensed by SASRA to undertake deposit-taking Sacco business in Kenya (popularly known as Front Office Service Activity or FOSA). The Sacco has a membership of 5,500 members as at year May 2016.

The society runs FOSA and BOSA activities with each having its own financial products and services.
Their FOSA commenced operations in 2010 offers deposit-taking services and continues to grow in clientele and  the business volume as well.

Award for Best Agribusiness Company

 

 

 

 

 

 

Africa Plantation Capital

The APC Group is widening its corporate presence in Kenya in a bid to facilitate the group’s major investment into forestry plantation sector that could be crucial in meeting the challenges currently faced by the global biomass industries in their quest for a sustainable source of textile quality fibre for the garment industry, as well as the need for African based manufacturing solutions.

In Kilifi, Africa Plantation Capital has acquired 200 acres of freehold land and reserved 800 acres as part of its first multiple-step bamboo project in Kenya. Africa Plantation Capital is targeting the establishment of more than 5,000 acres in the next five years between the ports of Mombasa and Lamu.

KNCCI congratulates all the award winners and wish them a happy and successful 2018.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mombasa Business Awards 2017

The Mombasa Business Awards is the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry flagship awards programme that recognizes and rewards excellence across all sectors.Since 2013, the Mombasa Business Awards has become the premier event of the year, recognizing the achievements and contributions of business leaders in Mombasa County. This evening brings together Mombasa business leaders, stakeholders and media for a celebration of excellence in business.Twenty awards will be presented and award winners will be announced on 15th December, 2017 at the Mombasa Business Awards. An independent judging panel comprised of local businesspersons will complete judging of the finalists in each award category. The Mombasa Business Awards 2017 has a select number of awards to truly honour and recognize outstanding contributions made by businessmen and institutions in the county. The Awards honour’s leadership, service, knowledge and the effort of promoting a good brand name, image and reputation among the business fraternity. The Awards main aim is to demonstrate the association’s commitment in setting standards of excellence within the Mombasa business community.

TECH KIDZ EXPO

KNCCI, Mombasa County sponsored the Tech Kidz Expo organized by Tech kids Africa, which is a kid’s technology program that introduces practical configuration of robotics, software development, graphic and character development to young children.

The Expo took place on 30th September 2017 at the Swahili pot hub innovation Centre. Kids under the age of 14 had an opportunity to showcase their work to other children from different schools, teachers, parents and county representatives.

The Expo sought to improve the quality of innovations in the country and quality skill base in future, direct kids who are curious about technology to the right content so as to use it constructively and to create a positive attitude towards science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics amongst the young generation.

KNCCI is highly honored to have sponsored this noble cause.

KCB/ KNCCI SME FORUM.

 

The Kenya commercial bank in partnership with KNCCI hosted the SME forum on 28th Sept 2017, at the Caste royal hotel.

The target group was Women in the clothing industry who import clothes and sell locally. The aim of this forum was to listen to the Women so as to identify what their financial requirements in order to enable KCB structure products that suit their needs.

KCB also show cased the current financial products that they have currently in a bid to create awareness and also create an appetite for formal financial services that can meet needs of the Women competitively.

 

KNCCI/Kountable Kenya Breakfast Meeting

KNCCI Mombasa in partnership with Kountable Kenya, hosted a breakfast meeting on 26th September 2017 at the Creekside hotel.

The aim of this meeting was to introduce the Mombasa business community to the newly launched Kountable services in Kenya towards supporting trade deals and assisting suppliers build their capacities and improve quality of their process.

Kountable is a US based organization that is in the process of setting up in Kenya with a trade financing fund of over Kes. 1.5 billion. The fund will be accessed by local suppliers to facilitate them in taking up big deals and fulfill won tenders. The company is also seeking to work with procurement managers in building the capacity of their suppliers to access trading finance from Kshs. 5 Million to over 200 million.

For more information on Kountable services visit www.kountable.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DIGITAL MARKETING TRAINING

The Digital marketing training was conducted by Africa 118 in partnership with KNCCI, Mombasa County on 7th and 8th July at the Bridge Hotel Mombasa.

Africa 118 Inc. is a leading Capacity building and incubation provider and is working together with different KNCCI County chapters to deliver their content through free training with an objective of driving positive impact to small, micro and medium Businesses across Kenya.

The Digital Marketing training mainly targeted Youth, women the Business community and trade organizations, who turned up in huge numbers. The remarkable turn up ensured interactive sessions and also showed the zeal to acquire knowledge amongst the different groups. Training areas included online strategy, search engine optimization, search engine marketing, social media marketing, building an online presence and email marketing.



 

 

CCPIT Guangzhou Vice Chairman Mr. Liu Ze Wu Visits KNCCI Mombasa

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 2017

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.

 

4th IGAD Business Forum (IBF) Held in Mombasa.

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, 
 

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