KNCCI Mombasa County participated in the Executive Opinion Survey (EOS) for the Global competitiveness report sensitization workshop hosted by Kenya Investment Authority in partnership with the National productivity and competitiveness center.
In preparation for the EOS 2019, the Kenya Investment Authority (under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives) and the National Productivity and Competitiveness Centre (under the Ministry of Labour and social protection) sensitized stakeholders on the GCI, its importance, and how to participate in the online survey.
The Global Competitiveness Report 2019 will assess the competitiveness landscape of approximately 140 economies, providing insight into the drivers of their productivity and prosperity. As a growing body of empirical literature shows, differences in productivity are the main determinants of cross-country prosperity levels. The GCI remains the most comprehensive assessment of national competitiveness worldwide.
For more than 3 decades, the global competitiveness reports series of the world economic forum has been providing the world’s most respected assessment of national competitiveness. Competitiveness is defined as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine a country’s level of productivity. The level of productivity, in turn, sets the level of prosperity that can be reached by an economy.
The Institute for Development Studies, University of Nairobi, together with the Kenya Investment Authority (KenInvest) and the National Productivity & Competitiveness Centre (NPCC) invited the business community you to take part in the Executive Opinion Survey 2019 to assess the level of competitiveness of Kenya in an international comparison.
This annual survey is a major component of the World Economic Forum’s Global Economic Competitiveness report it provides the key ingredient that turns the report into a representative annual measure of a nation’s economic environment.
The business community’s participation will provide critical information to assess business competitiveness in Kenya that will assist in improving the business environment.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s, Mombasa Business Awards is a celebration of the business community’s contribution to the economic vitality and social fabric of our region and is an important recognition and awards program that celebrates the diversity, innovation and excellence of businesses.
This year the Mombasa Business Awards recognized the leaders, innovators and heart of our community…our businesses. The Awards held on 14th December 2018 at Wild Waters ,Mombasa were an occasion for business owners, managers and staff to critically assess their performance, celebrate successes and strategies for the future. The Awards also provided an excellent opportunity to benchmark their business against others in similar the industries.
Now in its 6th Year, the Mombasa Business Awards 2018 is the highest business accolade and honour presented by Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The award celebrates outstanding businesses from the public, private sectors and civil society as well as community based organizations whose actions have had a transformative, positive impact on the business environment.
AWARD FOR BEST SMALL BUSINESS WINNER – DREAMZ WORLD LIMITED
Dreamz World Group Co. Ltd prides itself as a new entrant with vibrancy in the travel and leisure industry, offering Air-tickets for both local and international travel, airport transfers, accommodation arrangements, excursions, safaris and holiday arrangements for individuals and groups both locally and in the international circuits.
AWARD FOR NEW BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – SEA GAS
Solutions East Africa Ltd has been concentrating its resources to the procurement and selling of petroleum products. We have been licensed to procure and market petroleum products in domestic Kenyan market as well as for export to the neighboring great lakes region in Africa. They are confident in their ability to supply superior service delivery of all their products to their customers and especially the newly introduced LPG product.
AWARD FOR THE BEST MEDIUM BUSINESS – I-SPY AFRICA
I Spy Africa is the only logistics support organization in Kenya that caters for the entire East African Community. Their mobile units, are able to communicate with their servers across the 5 east African economies ensuring reliable service delivery indiscriminant of economic boundaries.
SACCO OF THE YEAR – BANDARI SACCO LIMITED
BANDARI SACCO is licensed DTS (Deposit Taking Sacco); the biggest SACCO in the Coastal region and one of the 10 biggest Societies in Kenya by Asset base. The SACCO promotes thrift, provides credit services at competitive interest rates the aim of which is contribute to their financial strength and general wellbeing of its members.
AWARD FOR THE BEST USE OF TECHNOLOGY- INNOVUS TECH CONSULTANTS LIMITED
Innovus is led by a team of networked experts with strategic insight and industry-gained experience in business and technology. They guide their clients through the process of change aimed at strategically enhancing the impact of opportunities that result from rapid digitalization and massive interconnectivity.
AWARD FOR THE MOST PREFERRED INSURANCE COMPANY – ARR INSURANCE
Their response to emerging market opportunities, their flexibility, innovation and readiness to respond to customer needs has made them leaders in medical Insurance in East Africa. AAR Insurance Kenya Limited, offers a wide range of medical and non-medical insurance products.
AWARD FOR THE BEST EMPLOYER – TOYOTA KENYA LIMITED
Toyota Kenya Limited is the sole distributor and service provider of Toyota, Yamaha, Hino and Case IH brands in Kenya. Thier Head Office is in Nairobi and they have branches in Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Lodwar in addition to regional dealer representation.Their Vision is – “To be the company where customers love to visit, and people love to work.”
AWARD FOR THE BEST GROWTH STRATEGY – PREMIUM ENERGY KENYA LIMITED
Premium Energy Kenya is part of the Premium group, established in 2014 with an aim of moving more into the upstream business of wholesale of petroleum products as well as importation of white petroleum products. They have always been known for their quality service and products, and we hope they maintain the same high standards in importation and wholesale of petroleum products.
THE BEST USE OF SOCIAL MEDIA- SUB COUNTY ADMINISTRATION
Sub-counties are the decentralized units through which County governments of Kenya will provide functions and services. Rtd. Major Idris Abdirahman is the Mombasa Sub County Administration Coordinator who generally oversees all administrative functions of the 6 Sub counties and 30 wards in Mombasa. They have embraced and used social media effectively to execute their mandate.
MOST PREFERRED MICRO FINANCE INSTITUTION – KWFT
Kenya Women Microfinance Bank (KWFT) prides itself for being the only Financial Institution in Kenya and Africa that serves a niche market. KWFT provides financial services to improve family lives through women. KWFT aims at improving the economic and social status of women and their families. For a long time women have had little or no access to credit. KWFT aims at bridging this gap in the financial services sector but our focus is the family.
CUSTOMER FOCUS AWARD – GRAIN INDUSTRIES LIMITED
The main mission of Grain Industries Limited 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. Their Vision asa company is “To be the number one consumer goods company in Africa and beyond”.
AWARD FOR DECADE OF EXCELLENCE IN BUSINESS- TRANSPARES KENYA LIMITED
Transpares (Kenya) Limited was established in 1998 and from a humble beginning has grown to become one of the market leaders in the transport industry in East Africa. Their head office which incorporates storage facility is situated a few Kilometers from the Mombasa Port which ensures the effective and swift mobilization of personnel and equipment guaranteeing that their client’s goods are effectively loaded on to our vehicles and are properly secured.
AWARD FOR BEST AGRIBUSINESS COMPANY – AFRICA PLANTATION CAPITAL
The APC Group is widening its corporate presence to 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 fiber 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.
BEST SERVICE IN TOURISM & HOSPITALITY – SERENA BEACH RESORT & SPA
Serena Beach Resort & Spa overlooks a beautiful stretch of white-sand Indian Ocean beach adjacent to Mombasa Marine National Park, a short drive from a diverse array of historic and cultural attractions in Mombasa, Kenya. Guests of Serena Beach Resort & Spa enjoy access to a diverse array of experiences that highlight the culture, heritage and multi-coloured lifestyles of Mombasa, Kenya.
Women in Business – Wanjiku Wambugu (C.E.O Nyali Capital Limited)
Wanjiku holds a BA in economics from Kenyatta University; is a qualified and certified public accountant CPA (k) and holds a diploma in counselling from amani counselling centre. She is a finance management officer with over 12 years’ experience in the public and private sectors-service and manufacturing. This expertise was acquired while serving as project officer at AGOA Association Kenya; Assistant Accountant at Unga Limited; and, internal Auditor at Kenya Dairy Board.
Most Improved County Department – Department of Trade, Tourism and Investment-Mombasa County
In its effort to improve efficiency in facilitating trade, increasing revenue collection and general ease of doing business as a catalyst for development, the department can proudly enumerate some of the achievements that have put Mombasa County on the pedestal of socioeconomic growth.
Most Preferred Transport Company – Modern Coast Express
Modern Coast Coaches Ltd is a luxury coach company incorporated on 26th May 2007 operating within Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Modern Coast Coaches is one of the most recognised luxury bus companies operating in the region. The company has over 50 branches in Kenya ,5 branches in Uganda, 7 branches in Tanzania and one branch in Rwanda.
Most Preferred Training Institution – University of Nairobi, Mombasa Campus
UoN has an alumni network of 184,000 with politicians, cabinet ministers and heads of state among them. The university claims strengths in the areas of teaching, research, development, consultancy and professional excellence. It has also produced more trained graduates in human resources than any other higher education institution in the country.
Outstanding Community Service – Swahili Port Hub
What this means concretely is that Swahilipot Hub aims to help the community grow and become more mature, advanced, or elaborate in their skills, character or with their ideas.
Award for preferred Banking Institution – Equity Bank
Equity Bank’s business model has attracted both local and international recognition. On many occasions the Bank has been invited to various international forums and bodies to share on its successes. Equity has also become a hub of other institutions worldwide keen on learning and exchanging insights on the Equity model of extending financial services to the low income segment and the un-banked population.
Best Corporate Citizenship – Mombasa Cement
Mombasa Cement Limited (MCL) is one of East Africa’s leading cement producer with an annual capacity of 2.3 million metric tonnes. MCL is the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly cement producers in East Africa. At Mombasa Cement Limited, we recognize our social responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In this regard we provide limited financial and material support to projects within those areas we operate.
Business Enabler of the Year – Kenya Revenue Authority
KRA is charged with the responsibility of collecting revenue on behalf of the Government of Kenya. KRA focuses on Assessment, Collection, Administration and Enforcement of laws relating to revenue. Service delivery and compliance was improved by leveraging on technology.
Today the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mombasa County held a meeting with the Rural Focus Ltd at the Chamber office. Rural Focus Ltd. is an engineering consultancy based in Nanyuki that has been engaged by The Nature Conservancy to undertake an assessment to determine the viability of establishing a Water Fund for Mombasa.
A water fund is generally a pool of technical capacity and resources which conducts activities aimed at improving and restoring a river catchment’s ability to provide environmental services
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) has successfully implemented a similar model for the upper reaches of the Tana River, namely the Upper Tana Nairobi Water Fund. This fund, through its partners including Pentair, CocaCola, Nairobi Water to mention a few, has conducted a number of catchment rehabilitation activities for the Tana River catchment, and has seen a marked improvement in water quality and quantity. TNC is keen to replicate this model for Mombasa and this formed the basis of today’s meeting with KNCCI
Rural Focus Ltd would like to identify stakeholders who can partner in this project through provision of funds, expertise and infrastructure development at the water catchment areas in order to increase the quantity of water supplied to consumers and also decrease cost of supply.
The 6th Edition of the Mombasa Business Awards will be held on 14th December 2018 at the Wild Waters in Mombasa.
The Mombasa Business Awards is the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry flagship awards programme that recognizes and rewards excellence across all sectors of Business in Mombasa.
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 14th December, 2018 at the Mombasa Business Awards Gala Dinner. An independent judging panel comprised of local businesspersons will complete judging of the finalists in each award category. The Mombasa business awards has a select number of awards to truly honor and recognize outstanding contributions made by businessmen and institutions in the county. The Awards honors 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.