Fruitful Deliberations At The KNCCI Meeting In Nanyuki
The County Government of Laikipia hosted the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) meeting that was graced by Industrialization CS peter Munya and Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi.
The meeting held in Nanyuki passed key resolutions that are expected to benefit the people of Laikipia County.
Some of these include:
Revival of Mountex Textile Company. Having established that the land the factory was has loan dispute and case in court, the government settled on 52 acre quarry land rather. Feasibility study has been done and it's only a matter of time before work begins.
Common User Facility in Nanyuki as the one in Nyahururu. The CS promised to establish a common space in Nanyuki where small industries can be situated, previously known as Jua Kali. But this time government offering modern machines for quality products and also funds for starters in form of loans - same time expanding that in Nyahururu.
Pending Bills. Government admitted that late payment of it's contractors hasn't been timely, weighing negatively on busineses. Deputy Governor John Mwaniki noted that there should be a guiding law that outlines timelines within which contractors should be paid, but which also directs the National Treasury on disbursement of funds timelines too.
Incompetent contractors. The National and County government submitted that significant number of contractors do substandard work or take unnecessary long to complete projects. Laikipia has been forced recently to terminate contracts with road contractors for the above reasons.
Business people raised the question of weighing bridges.They expressed frustrations for discrepancies they find in weighing machines on the roads. At loading, they said, the load has a certain weight but at weigh bridge the weight changes. CS Munya committed to consult with Road CS Macharia to have weighing machines harmonised and digitised.
Revival of Kenya Farmers Association KFA, expansion of Kenya Cooperatives Creameries KCC and reorganising and revival of KPCU are at advanced stage. These are bodies and institutions that will go along way into benefiting Laikipians, directly or indirectly owing to direct benefits they give our neighbouring Counties.
Ease of doing business is still a challenge, but Laikipia is among the best Counties in the country who have provided better business environment amongst many. However, leaders present at the meeting noted that more still needs to be done to promote a more business-friendly environment.
- Courtesy of Deputy Governor Press Team