Kirinyaga County is set to be among the first to benefit from partnership with the chamber of commerce and industry to grow local businesses.

The county government has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) to promote investment in Kirinyaga and source export markets for rice, coffee, tea, and horticulture, among others.

Announcing the partnership, Mr Laban Onditi of KNCCI said the chamber offers most widespread representative organisations with a broad penetration in Kenya and “thus provides a suitable platform for advocacy and promotion of fair commercial and trading practices.”

Invaluable role

“We recognise that county governments play an invaluable role in service delivery, trade and investment promotion at county level as well as creating conducive business environment,” Kirinyaga County executive committee member for trade, industry, cooperatives, tourism and enterprise development, Mr Murimi Murage said.

Through the alliance, the county government will undertake rationalisation of the range of taxes levied on businesspeople in the county to avoid double taxation.

Mr Murage said the partnership will also help Kirinyaga County to promote business development and attract other investments.

The parties will facilitate dialogue and where appropriate explore ways in which the chamber may be involved to participate in policy formulation, whose decisions affect their members as users and consumers of the devolved government services.

Working strategies

The county is seeking the revival of collapsed industries and working out strategies of providing the relevant infrastructure in an effort to create job opportunities.