KNCCI Mombasa County hosted the IMPEX Club dinner on 13th September 2018 at the Travellers beach hotel which was attended by over 120 Members of the Mombasa business community.
Exports and exporting is a fundamental part of the plan to boost Kenya’s economy. Kenyan business owners can be in charge of profitable businesses that build wealth and that of the country. For us to achieve is this KNNCI has formed the IMPEX Club in order to start a conversation with players from both sides of the government that is the Government and Private Sector players in the import and export business so as to ensure that we shift our attention to promoting finished products or value-added exports . The Government has put in place an Export strategy and the IMPEX Club of KNCCI is the private sector’s contribution towards this effort.
The IMPEX Club will support diversification and expansion of base ,providing trade information on market preferences , ensuring facilitation measures aimed at simplifying, modernizing export processes are critical to successful implementation of Kenya’s export strategy.
We have designed this Club to provide our members with all the practical and technical support they will need to take their businesses to the next level of growth. We will guide them step by step, making their journey to the International Market an achievable goal and helping them complete their very first Export. We aim to do this by setting and maintaining professional standards in International Trade Management and export by providing practical business support services and trainings.
The Chamber is represented in all the 47 county offices. We are in the process of mapping and identifying products that have and export potential. Several challenges have been identified that hinder full exploitation of these products and solutions are being proposed to address these challenges in Private Sector time frames.
We will offer regular trainings to members who are new to exports and also those already in exports. To the new ones this training will include:
- The principles of exporting
- Market Research
- Operational Procedures
- Risk management
- Strategy and planning
We are entering into MOU’s with several companies and service providers that will offer preferential rates to our members; these include Courier companies for sending documents and samples, Shipping lines, and Air freight companies.
On Friday 7th September the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) participated in the 2nd annual stakeholder’s dinner of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers (ICS) that was held at Mombasa sports club as one of the partners and stakeholder and was represented by Mr. Martin Soita a director of KNCCI, from Maritime management. This year’s theme being “role and contribution of ICS in Educating Tomorrow’s Maritime and Ocean Leaders”.
The dinner aimed at bringing together representatives of the key players in the maritime sector, County Government’s and National Government to dine together to discuss key issues affecting maritime sector and for business networking. The other objective is advancing shipping professional standards in East Africa region through membership and examinations.
There were presentation of books donated by Greece, London and Middle East to East Africa branch officials by guest which will be readily available to students of ICS and those interested in career along that maritime sector.
Here are some pictorials of the event.
Books presentation by the guests
Mr. Martin Soita addressing the forum
Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & industry Mombasa County carried out a membership survey during the ASK Mombasa show where the response of this survey would be used to advise Mombasa chamber on the effectiveness of the current services to members and to recommend how these services can be improved and what additional services should be developed.
100 questionnaires were administered to both public and private entities mostly targeting members of KNCCI Mombasa from which there was favorable feedback. ASK is a major events organizer specializing in staging agricultural shows in Kenya ,their main purpose is to give opportunity to farmers, investors, the business fraternity and service providers to showcase their product and services.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mombasa County in partnership with the Capital Markets Authority hosted the Potential Issuers Forum on 31st August 2018 at Serena Beach Hotel and Spa.
The Capital Markets Industry has agreed to work together in a joint strategy to enhance product uptakes and listings at the NSE thus conducting such forums to encourage the Business Community list in the NSE, as well as address concerns around low listings and overall product uptake, a situation which could adversely affect key National Development goals as realization of the Kenya Vision 2030 aspirations. Under the Vision, the capital market has a key role of mobilizing savings through new products to finance big-ticket projects, especially infrastructure development.
Capital Markets Authority emphasized on the benefits of listing in the NSE, which include raising capital to finance growth, optimization of balance sheet through equity and debt financing and unlocking value for shareholders through enhanced liquidity from secondary trading.
The Colours of the Coast Art and Culture Festival was launched today at the Mombasa Chamber County office. This event is organised by Modern Vision Events Limited under the patronage of Mombasa County and in Partnership with the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry,Mombasa County.
The week long celebration of Art and Culture will be held for the first time in Mombasa county from 13th to 19th April 2019. The festival events and activities will take place in various locations in Mombasa and shall be graced by both local and international artist and participants.
featured activities include:
- Light Art
- Inspiring and interactive installations
- Cultural Parade
- Fashion Show
- Stage Performances
- Sand Sculpturing
- panel Discussions
- Competitions and Awards
This event will give an opportunity to the youth to showcase their talents as well as positively contribute towards improving the economic growth of the region through tourism.
The overall ambiance of the festival shall be amplified by the beauty of Mombasa’s coastal line and Coast Region’s authentic and diverse culture and heritage.
For more information visit Www.coloursofthecoastfestival.co.ke
In the past three years KEBS has held successful engagement sessions with the Mombasa business community through KNCCI Mombasa Chapter.
This year again, KEBS partnered with KNCCI Mombasa Chapter and hosted the fourth sensitization workshop which took place on 28th June 2018, at the Travellers Beach Resort. The aim of the workshop was to educate the business community on KEBS mandate in order to empower them make informed decisions during production and trade in Goods and services.The forum also highlighted the significant strides that KEBS has made in the last one year in trade facilitation and protecting consumers through the help of the Mombasa Business Community.
The workshop was attended by 167 members of the business community and other associations such as KIFWA, Kenya Ship Agent Association,CFS Association of Kenya Kenya Association of Manufacturers and the Jua Kali Association.
Issues raised during this event included-:
- Delays in inspection, uploading of COC after inspection, lengthy analysis thus causing delays in presentation of results
- High inspection fees especially for local inspection which is 15% of clear information on values against which 15% penalty is calculated against
- Repetitive inspection (re-inspection) for goods with CoC or ISM.
- Duplicative/Multiple agencies such as Anti counterfeit Agencies,KPA(PVoC section,KEPHIS,Port Health,Radiation Board,Veterinary Department
- Counterfeits that have flooded the market
- Used vehicles number of years to be reviewed.
The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mombasa Chapter in partnership with the Mombasa County Government hosted a high profile business delegation from Dubai, at the H.E. Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s office. The delegation was headed by Mr. Saleh Al Zarouni, Manager of the private office of H.H Marawan Bin Mohammed.
The purpose of the meeting was to explore investment and business opportunities of mutual interest in Mombasa County. The sectors of interest included;
- Real Estate and Infrastructure
- Defense and security
- Gas, oil and storage
- Road infrastructure and low cost housing
- Livestock and agriculture
- Capital investment and advisory
- Manufacturing among others
The meeting was graced by the C.E.C.M. Trade, Tourism and Investment, Hon. Fawz Rashid and the Chamber National Vice Chairman, Mr. James Ndung’u Mureu.
KNCCI attended the annual Technical Committee Meeting on customs and trade facilitation,transport policy and planning,infrastructure development and management and private sector investment workshop hosted by the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority which was held at Nyali Sun Africa Beach Hotel Mombasa on 28th to 31st May 2018.
The meeting discussed the progress of the implementation of NCTTCA 2017/18 annual work plans,strategies for promoting implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (Africa CFTA) by the Northern Corridor Member states,railway development,promotion of intra-regional trade by youth and women and approved the NCTTCA annual work plans for 2018/2019. key recommendations of this meeting will feed into the policy organs meeting planned for the last week of June.
THE KENYA YOUTH EMPLOYMENT AND SKILLS PROGRAM (K-YES)
The Kenya National Chamber of commerce and industry Mombasa Chapter participated in the County Youth Employment Compacts (CYECs) deep dive workshop that took place on May 29th 2018 at Diani Reef Hotel and subsequent launch event at Ukunda Vocational Training Center- Ukunda Town.
The Kenya Youth Employment and Skills Program (KYES) is funded by USAID and implemented by RTI International and its consortium partners. The program aims to enhance the employability of youth who have not attained secondary school education in nine counties in the next three years.
The main objective of the workshop was to share KYES counties experiences on youth workforce development, disseminate the lessons learnt in rolling out Youth Employment Compacts in Kwale County and witness the launch of the Kwale Youth Employment Compact. The role of the Chamber was to represent the interest of the private sector in the forum as it will play a major role in assisting in recommending internship opportunities and job placement of the trained youths. The chamber will continue to play an active role to ensure the same program is implemented in Mombasa County.
The launch was graced by Kwale County Governor, H.E. Mr. Salim Mvurya and an MOU was signed between the County Government and KYES. The governor was accompanied by H.E. Wycliff Oparanya – Governor Kakamega County, H.E. Patrick Simiyu Khaemba-the Governor Trans Nzoia County, H.E. Abdi Muhumed Dagane- the Deputy Governor Garissa County and H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Abdi Issa- the Deputy Governor Isiolo County.
The event ended in award ceremony for the best students’ exhibitors.
H.E. Governor Salim Mvurya- Governor Kwale County
KNCCI, Mombasa County in partnership with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry hosted a Stakeholders Luncheon on Transport and Logistics at the Nyali Sun Africa Beach Resort & Spa on 26th April 2018.
The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has identified Kenya as a strong economic partner to the UAE. To further deepen the business relations, the Chamber recently established a representative office in Kenya as it is a gateway to East and Central Africa region.
The objective of the Luncheon was to introduce the Dubai Chamber International Office in Kenya to companies and partners seeking to do business with Dubai. The session was also an opportunity to create awareness among participants on potential opportunities and the Chamber’s role in facilitating business exchange between Kenya and Dubai.