News Categories: Trade, Investment & Industrialization

13 Mar
By: Walter Sicho 0 0

NEW FACE FOR BUS PARK IN MOSORIOT

The department of Trade Investment and Industrialization Financial Year 2018-2019 allocated a budget of Ksh 4 million to facilitate the construction of Mosoriot Bus Terminus. The  project is now a reality in Mosoriot Chesumei -Sub County   thanks to the County Government of Nandi.

The presence of many vehicles around the area necessitated the County Government of Nandi to build a modern bus park so that it can help decrease congestion in the town.

According to the C.O Dr Rose Boit the project came at a timely period where the County Government of Nandi under the leadership of Governor Stephen sang is working hard to improve the state of infrastructure in the entire County to boost trade.

Owing to the expansion of Mosoriot Centre the population has been increasing by day. This is as a result of establishment of learning institutions such as Cheparit Youth Polytachnic, Mosoriot Teachers Training College, Kenya Medical Training College not to mention the upcoming Koitalel Samoei University.

The construction of the bus terminus is justified by the fact that some students commute to and from different destination on a daily basis.  Located along the highway, Mosoriot Centre also serves as a connection point for commuters from different destinations such as Ndalat, Kaiboi, Kabiyet, Kipkaren Selia and several other parts of Mosop to either Kapsabet, Eldoret, Kisumu or Kakamega.

With the large number of traffic, small medium enterprises present in the area, the County Government deemed it prudent to have a bus park constructed off the road for the convenience of passengers.

The amenity is expected to reduce parking congestion, allow parking between journeys, passengers to change vehicles between different routes of their choice and reduce the risks of parking along the highway.

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26 Feb
By: Yvone Koech 0 1

ENHANCING INTER-COUNTY TRADE RELATIONS WITHIN THE LREB

The County Government of Nandi participated in a 2-day workshop organized by the Lake Region Economic bloc, with support from SUNY AHADI, at Kisumu’s Grand Royal Swiss Hotel on 25th and 26th Feb.

The bloc is gearing towards developing a Trading Framework that will see the member counties accelerate economic growth by boosting inter county Trade between the member counties.

Moreover, the bloc is developing LREB Resource Map to identify and highlight member counties comparative and competitive advantages.

Present in the meeting were the CECs for Trade & Industrialization, Tourism, Agriculture and Economic as well as Legal advisors from the 14 Counties.

Consultant Dr. Wilson Songa, a trade policies expert, took members through the key areas of collaboration and cooperation within the LREB Member Counties, as they look at the national policies and legal framework that will help guide development of trading policies and legislations within the bloc to create a universal framework for trade while promoting interdependecy.

Dr. Songa emphasized the importance of collaboration and cooperation which will enable the members to utilize shared resources within the region. He also took the members through key elements for development of a Trade and Industrialization MOU for the Lake Region Economic Bloc.

The two day meeting culminated with a Trading document that is set to give the Bloc the direction on which commodities are available for trade in the member counties.

Nandi county is set to benefit from this through enhanced trade, increased investment and industrial development.

With the establishment of the Nandi County Dairy Processing plant, for instance, the county is assured of ready market that is LREB member counties. Harmonization of policies is the first step to easening business.

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31 Jan
By: Yvone Koech 1 1

COUNTY GOVERNMENT SETS UP MARKET STALLS FOR SMALL SCALE TRADERS

The Department of Trade, Investment and Industrialization is in the course of providing market infrastructure to traders across the County.

This is, in line with Governor Sang’s Manifesto of ‘Transforming the County. In the manifesto, the Governor promised to provide sheds and modern stalls to small scale business persons and through the department of Trade, process of setting up market stalls in selected wards across the county in the first financial year is complete.

The, Maraba market stalls in Songhor-Soba ward is complete with a set of 9 fabricated branded units to be issued to traders. The stalls are located within the established Maraba market, along with support amenities like ablution block, a livestock sale yard and an office block.

Another set of 12 fabricated unit stalls have been constructed in Kaptumo,Aldai Sub-county, nearing completion. These are branded stalls with shutter doors to ensure security of the stalls.

Other market stalls are to be constructed at Mosoriot,Kabiyet and Baraton, with the department working closely with ward administration and market committees in monitoring the construction.

The establishment of market stalls is projected to boost revenue collection through market levies. The department shall progressively set up more stalls in bid to promote trade and commerce in the county.

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30 Jan
By: Yvone Koech 0 0

County Establishes Markets Across the 30 Wards to Enhance Trade.

The County government of Nandi through the department of trade,investment and industrialization is keen on delivering the transformation agenda by establishing market infrastructure and related amenities for the people of Nandi county.

The department has established a market stalls in Maraba, Songhor-Soba ward, whose scope of works include fencing of the market, leveling of the open air market space and construction of ablution block. There is a sale yard established for sale of livestock. An office block has also been constructed for administration purposes.The department plans also plans to set up a jua kali shed in this financial year.

In Kobujoi, the department has completed the construction of the Economic Stimuli Program market and is now ready for use. It has provided road access to the market. Fencing has been done at the same market.

The department is engaging with Economic Stimulus Program(ESP) to ensure other support infrastructure is provided in Kobujoi.

The same arrangement shall apply in establishment of market in Mosoriot center. ESP has requested the department to highlight key areas of support.

Another market was established in Kamungei, Mosop subcounty. Fencing was done and a livestock sale yard constructed. The market  also has an office block established.

The department has plans to establish more markets in the next financial years.

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29 Jan
By: Yvone Koech 0 0

COUNTY ESTABLISHES MARKETS ACROSS THE 30 WARDS

The county government of Nandi through the department of trade,investment and industrialization is keen on delivering the transformation agenda by establishing market infrastructure and related amenities for the people of nandi county.

The department has established a market infrustrure in Maraba, Songhor-Soba ward, whose scope of works include fencing of the market, levelling of the open air market space and construction of ablution block. There is a sale yard established for sale of livestock. An office block has also been constructed for administration purposes.The department plans to set up a jua kali shed in this financial year.

In Kobujoi, the department has completed the construction of the ESP market and is now ready for use. It has provided road access to the market. Fencing has been done at the same market.
The department is engaging with Economic Stimulus Program(ESP) to ensure other support infrastructure is provided in Kobujoi. The same arrangement shall apply in establishment of market in Mosoriot center. ESP has requested the department to highlight key areas of support.

Another market was established in Kamungei, Mosop subcounty. Fencing was done and a livestock sale yard constructed. The market has an office block established.
The department has plans to establish more markets in the next financial years.

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25 Jan
By: Yvone Koech 0 0

Nandi Takes Part In Economic Blocs Policy Formulation

Nandi participates in County Economic Bloc Policy review

The county of Nandi participated in the County Economic Bloc Policy review that was held in Eldoret.

The county government of Nandi took part in reviewing and analysing the proposed policy on The Establishment of Economic Blocs by County Governments. The policy was prepared by the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs.

The move to have a policy guiding County Economic blocs follows the President’s directive which was issued during the Lake Region Economic Bloc Trade,Investment and Blue Economy conference that was held in Bomet County on October 2018.

The policy is set to guide counties when forming and joining County Economic Blocs(CEBs).

Forty five out of the country’s forty seven counties are members of one or more blocs with Six blocs having been formed so far.

Nandi County is a member of two blocs, the North Rift Economic Bloc and Lake Region Economic Block.

Deputy Governor Dr Yulita Cheruiyot and the CECM for Trade and Investment Mr Jacob Tanui led the county’s delegation at the policy review meeting.

The policy states the rationale for the policy framework, considering the emerging issues affecting the six blocs, and suggests a Model Agreement to guide formation and management of these blocs.

The policy further proposes a governance structure and roles of the various organs to be adopted during establishment.

It also outlines best practises to be adopted in planning, budgeting and financing joint programs and projects.

The Ministry hopes that the document will help smoothen the process of formation of CEBs as well as that of undertaking joint projects and programs.

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15 Dec
By: Yvone Koech 1 0

Nandi Governor Pledges for Diaspora Engagement as 3-Day Expo Ends

The County Government of Nandi in partnership with Gotabgaa Kenya Association held Agribusiness show successfully, whose aim was to bring to light varied efforts from players in the Agriculture and Trade sector in the North rift region.

Exhibitors at Gotabgaa Agribusiness Expo

The event whose theme was “Empowerment through the use of innovative technology” ended on Saturday with the exhibitors getting an opportunity to showcase their wares to hundreds of residents who turned up for the exhibitions held from 13th-15th at Kapsabet High School, Nandi County. This annual 3-day event provides a platform through which viable business linkages, networks and partnerships can be established and nurtured.

The show attracted over 50 exhibitors exhibiting medicinal products, agricultural products and biogas production systems, textile products, beads and artwork, farm machinery, Value added plots, financial products among others.
The event attracted a huge number of participants from around the country and some from the diaspora.


Nandi County Governor Stephen Sang officially opened the Agribusiness show where he reiterated his administration’s commitment to promote the Agribusiness sector. Sang urged the Kenyans living abroad to invest back home so that their investments can benefit the locals through job creation.

One of the exhibitors that wowed many attendants including the County Boss is one Charles Chelulei from Tinderet Sub County. Charles fabricates various types of home-made farm machines using locally available materials and sells them to farmers at a relatively lower price.
Some of the machinery include, coffee pulping machines, chaff cutters and tractor trailers, which he fabricates at his garage in the remote Kabunyeria village.

The County CEO commended his efforts and emphasized on the need to promote locally made products than the imported ones saying that this will enhance enterprise development and inspire young people to innovate more efficient tools.

Governor Sang added that one key agenda in his transformational agenda is enhancing diaspora engagement saying that those living abroad need to help find market for locally grown/made products, and in connecting the youth in Nandi county with opportunities out there.

The Patron of Gotabgaa organization Abraham Kirwa also emphasized the need to create market linkages for the benefit of both Agripreneurs and entrepreneurs in bid to harness more opportunities for the locals.
This is the second Agribusiness show of its kind, the first one having been held in Kericho County in 2016.
The event was covered live by Kass Media International. Similar event will be held next year in Baringo County.

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10 Dec
By: Yvone Koech 1 1

Nandi Trade Ministry Sponsors 22 Jua Kali Traders at EAC Exhibitions.

Nandi County is sponsoring 22 Exhibitors to participate in the ongoing 19th edition of EAC Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi in Eldoret.

The 22 Exhibitors drawn from the County are show casing products locally made by players in the Jua Kali industry in Nandi which according to statistics contributes up to 15 percent of the County’s Own Source revenue.
The exhibitions brings together MSME’s from the six EAC Countries where a total of 1436 exhibitors took part.

Alongside the exhibition, the exhibitors also attended symposium where various topics such as Cross border Trade, Elements of illicit trade, Benefits and opportunities of MSME’s in EAC, and EAC rules of origin were discussed.
Traders were also trained on protecting their products against counterfeits.
The Cabinet Secretary for Trade and East African Community Affairs Peter Munya pledged for the revision of relationship between Kenya Bureau Standards and the Jua kali sector so that the sectors’ products can be standardized amicably by the standards body.
Munya added that the government will create an office that deals specifically with the Jua Kali sector within KEBs.

The exhibition is an annual event by the member states in close collaboration with the Confederation of Informal Sector Organizations – East Africa (CISO-EA) and the EAC Secretariat.
Since its inception 18 years ago, the event has been held on a rotational basis in the 5 EAC Member States with the aim of enhancing Regional Integration through promotion and marketing of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector products and services.
The event provided a platform for enhancing marketing linkages for MSME sector products and services within the region so as to enable them access the existing regional market which has a population of over 150 million people.
The 8-days exhibition was attended by dignitaries and guests from 5 countries of East Africa including Cabinet secretaries, Ministers, PS, Senators, Governors and the Deputy president H. E William Rutto.
The exhibitors got to sell their products, which ranged from Value added products, machinery, textile, art and crafts,bead works amongst many other jua kali products.
The East Africa Community will commemorate 20 years of this exhibitions next year in Arusha Tanzania amid proposals that will possibly change the name to East Africa Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises Exhibitions.

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23 Nov
By: Yvone Koech 0 0

DEVELOPMENT OF DATABASE FOR TRADERS ACROSS THE COUNTY

The County Department of Trade, Investment and Industrialization, through the Trade Licensing directorate, is mandated to collect information, register and develop a database of traders across the county in bid to issue licenses and single business permits as per the Nandi County Finance Bill 2018.

The department developed a registration template that is used manually to collect data from traders, as it anticipates the automation of the licensing process. The process is ongoing in Tindiret Sub County and shall be rolled across all the six sub counties of Nandi County.

The process provides a platform to ensure compliance of existing Laws and Regulations on trade and licensing. Categorization of traders and general sensitization/induction will enhance trading and business in the county.

After the registration exercise, inspection of the business premises will be done accordingly before issuance of licenses. Thereafter, enforcement will be done to ensure maximum compliance.

Traders across the county are urged to cooperate and provide the necessary information since this will inform the development needs of different areas in the county.

Revenue officer collects data from a trader in Tindiret sub county ahead of the automation and upgrade of the revenue system

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22 Nov
By: Yvone Koech 0 0

TRAINING OF COUNTY REVENUE OFFICERS COMMENCES

The County Government of Nandi through the Department of Trade of Investment and Industrialization has commenced training of officers on revenue system upgrade.

Chief Officer ICT and e-Government Jonathan Misoi who officiated the event observed that Nandi has in the past years missed revenue targets due to manual systems among other factors. The requirement by the Commission on Revenue Allocation for a county to qualify for a share of revenues collected is pegged to capability to collect a minimum of Sh.1 billion. The Chief Officer said the upgrade is expected to enhance collection of revenue in the county.

The development of the Revenue collection and management system will provide online registration services for traders, facilitate issuance of licenses, single business permits (SBP) and promote compliance through enforcement.
The system that has a back end and Mobile App is set to go live in the coming weeks. The piloting process saw the training of the trade licensing officers together with those of weights and measures trained on the operation of the system.
The Revenue collection and management system (RCMS) provide for GPS mapping of business premises across the county. Mapping of traders will simplify revenue collection and ultimately assist in tailor making services such as trainings and supporting infrastructure based on the needs of traders, concentration or lack thereof of certain business categories.
In this upgrade, upon registration and inspection of premises, traders will get a unique account number that shall be used when making the license/permit fee. It also categorizes businesses and zoning as per the finance bill.
For validity of SBP, the system requires the uploading of photos of the business premise; this is to verify the categorization of businesses.

Trade and Industrialization Chief Officer Feizal Mohammed said all revenue officers should live up to the expectations of the county government in regard to revenue collection. He called on them to be hardworking, exercise honesty and positively present the government’s image to the public.

Also present at the event was the Chief Officer for Enterprise Development Dr. Rose Boit.

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