News Categories: Trade, Investment & Industrialization

15 Dec
By: Yvonne Chebet 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: Yvonne Chebet 0

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: Yvonne Chebet 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: Yvonne Chebet 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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20 Sep
By: Peter Koima 0

TEXTILE MAKING A KEY ASPECT IN REALIZING NANDI’S BIG 4 DREAM

TEXTILE MAKING ONE KEY ASPECT IN REALIZING NANDI’S BIG 4 DREAM
By Peter Kiprop.
For the realization of the President’s Big Four agenda and the Governor’s manifesto to transform Nandi, Nandi Governor Stephen Sang has aligned his Big 4 agenda that will be launched on Monday to that of the President. Under manufacturing pillar, the County Government of Nandi is setting up Textiles and Apparels unit  in partnership with Rivatex East Africa Limited at Kapsabet town.

The textile unit will manufacture affordable high quality apparel like school uniforms, hospital linen & other textile products projected to provide direct employment opportunities to an estimated 500 locals and indirectly to 2000 others in the first phase.

Deputy President William  Ruto is expected to officially commission the factory on Monday during the launch of Nandi Big four Agenda which will also entails training of youth and women to equip them with textile making skills that will enable them earn a living.

According to a report by the state department of industrialization, Trade and cooperatives, the country’s total apparel exports to the United States stand at US$ 371.66 million, putting Kenya top among countries in the Sub Saharan Africa and particularly members of AGOA.

In Nandi County, the leather and textile industry is estimated to have a turnover of 70 Million shillings annually and that could generate massive income to the county if well tapped into.
Therefore, the textiles and apparels value chain is a key area of priority in manufacturing, which is a central pillar of the president’s Big 4 Agenda for the next four years.

The department of Trade, Investment and Industrialization is planning to spend  100 Million shillings and has already allocated 50 Million shillings in the current financial year towards the flagship project.
An additional 50 Million is also expected to be allocated for the project in the next fiscal year.

Once established, students and pupils in Vocational Training Institutes and Early Childhood Development Education in Nandi County will have access to not only affordable but also high quality uniforms that is made locally.

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31 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0

County government of Nandi to establish a modern market in Chemundu/Kapngetuny ward

The County Government of Nandi is set to put up a modern market at Baraton Market grounds after a successful Public Participation with residents was done.

During the meeting held on 31st August at the market grounds led by Chief Officer Industrialization and Enterprise Development Mr. Wilson Lelei, area MCA Hon Richard Kirwa, officers from the Department of Trade, Investment and Industrialization, opinion and religious leaders and residents, members of the public unanimously endorsed the proposal to establish modern market stalls in the area.

 

A resident of Baraton sharing his opinion

 

Speaking during the event, Mr. Lelei said that Public Participation is an important component of leadership since it is through it that priority projects which are beneficial to the people are identified. He thanked the residents for turning up in large numbers and applauded them for agreeing in unison to embrace developments that was coming their way.

Hon Richard Kirwa during the public participation.

 

 

Hon Kirwa on his side said that the voice of his people will be reflected in this particular project. He requested the department of Trade in conjunction with that of lands to look into the physical planning map before issuing commencement letter to the contractor.

 

Chemundu/Kapng’etuny MCA Hon Richard Kirwa and Chief Officer Industrialization Mr. Wilson Lelei

 

 

Once established the market will provide an avenue majorly for women and youth to actively involve themselves in meaningful and profitable business ventures and increase revenue for our county.

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10 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi County celebrates The International Youth Week as opportunities for the youth are unveiled by Governor Stephen Sang

Unemployment is an alarming challenge that has seen educated youth waste away in so many struggles due to the limited job opportunities. The annual graduations that are highly celebrated, be they certificates, diplomas or degrees carry a lot of joy for excellence only for them to mutate into anxiety and restlessness soon after due to the limited job market. Youth end up taking any available opportunities to make ends meet.
The County Government of Nandi through various departments is intentional in addressing the challenges facing the youth in Nandi County.
As the International Youth Week comes to wrap up, the county government is set to unbundle the opportunities that seek to improve the state of the youthful population. The Department of Public Service has unveiled 400 internship opportunities for the youth across the county. This is in line with Governor Stephen Sang’s manifesto that pledged to create internship opportunities for the youth so as to enable them acquire the necessary skills and experience as they enhance their professional growth.

The opportunities that do not require any past working experience is open to any youth with a certificate, diploma or degree from a reputable institution. This will ensure that skilled and deserving youth who may not have had an opportunity to work after their schooling get a chance to work and acquire the required experience as they also serve Nandi County. The interns will be paid a stipend of between Ksh. 8,000 and Ksh. 12,000. Applications can be done through <a href=”https://interns.nandi.go.ke”/> https://interns.nandi.go.ke .

The Department of Education on the other has also opened opportunities for 800 ECD teachers whose successful applicants will have an opportunity to serve for at least three years. The opportunities are spread across all wards in the county as listed in the advert here https://www.nandi.go.ke/downloads-2

Among other opportunities set for the youth on this day include enhancement of the 30% Access to Government Procurement Opportunities. Most youth with start-up companies lack capital even after winning the tenders thus affecting the quality of works done. In a bid to bridge this gap, the county government is set to sign an MoU with Youth Enterprise Development Fund so as to increase the uptake of tenders by youths in the various county departments, and linking up with institutions that provide youth friendly loans for LPOs and LSOs.

On to top of this, the county government is heading towards Performance Based Contracting that enable the youth organize themselves and benefit from the County Government’s funds for maintenance of roads in each ward by performing tasks such as bush clearing, drainage opening, installing culverts etc. Contracts under this program will run for a period not less than 1 year and not more than 3 years.The youth has a role in protecting the environment.

The Department of Youth in conjunction with that of Environment is set to offer youth opportunities to benefit from being engaged in planting trees, establish nurseries and supply the seedlings to the county government under an agreed framework.

Among other programs are entrepreneurial training and start-up support, sponsorship for training and acquisition of technical skills and opportunities for scholarships and sponsorship’s based on talent where the county government will identify, exploit and support in the development of youth talent while engaging stakeholders who can extend scholarship opportunities for such talents.

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06 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0

Nandi County’s ICT industry gets a boost as Sadana Tech Solutions set base in Kapsabet

County Government of Nandi is in great support of young and upcoming investors especially those complementing government strategies in solving the unemployment menace. Through the department of Trade, Investment and industrialization, private organizations are able to be established and run within Nandi County and even globally as a way of utilizing the available skills and resources to earn a better living and even changing the lives of others.

Sadana Tech Solutions Photo by Peter Kiprop

Sadana Tech Solution and Consultancy limited, an ICT investment located in Kapsabet Town, is one of the private investments that are established by residents of Nandi County with the aim of opening up opportunities for students, new graduates and other the tech-enthusiasts (especially system developers) to have their own startups and progress in the ICT field. Sadana tech solutions is owned by David Rop and Elphas Sagas both originating from Baraton, Chesumei Sub-County, with other partners. Having studied and worked in Finland, the partners found it best to come back and invest in their home country and more so the home county, Nandi.

With great experience, knowledge and exposure they acquired during the time abroad, they have established a Technology Centre in kapsabet town. Their main objective is to breach a gap between service providers and clients thus giving an opportunity for startups to market their products. They also offer training and mentorship that prepares individuals to work in the ICT related jobs and how to integrate ICT into other fields. For those wishing to study and venture abroad, Sadana tech solution is one of the places one would get quality guidance in studying and working abroad; It’s also an opportunity for those in diaspora and would like to relocate and invest in our county.

Dr. Kiplimo Lagat (Right) making his remarks during the launch Photo by Peter Kiprop

The CECM for trade and investment, Dr. Kiplimo Lagat, who officially presided over the launching of Sadana Tech Solutions in presence of the CO for ICT and E-government, Mr. Jonathan Misoi, congratulated the founders for their enthusiasm and  their aim of benefiting the locals and improving their livelihoods. Dr. Lagat pointed out that there is need to establish ICT villages within the county and make Nandi an ICT hub. As a result, companies and other counties can outsource labor from Nandi. He further proposed that Sadana can partner with schools and start programming clubs as a way of building a foundation for innovations.  

Mr. Misoi on the other hand stated that Investments like Sadana are actualizing some the county government’s expectations and affirmed that the county government of Nandi is improving the enabling environment for establishments of such startups and investments. Some of these enabling environments are improving their systems for easy licensing and registration and also coming up with policies to govern them.

The County Government of Nandi is looking forward to partnering with such companies to change the lives of the people. It is encouraging individuals of all professions, both within the county and those in diaspora, to use their knowledge, skills, experience and resources to invest in Nandi County. The County’s Department of Trade and Investment in partnership with ICT and e-Government is planning for all the professionals, technology enthusiasts and other stakeholders’ forum to discuss more on such career mentorship, identify other opportunities for the upcoming professionals and making Nandi a techno- driven county.

 

 

 

 

 

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04 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0

“Okoa Mlevi Initiative” comes to an end as delegates get reformed

Over 170 reformed brewers, sellers and alcoholics successfully completed a one week program dubbed “Okoa Mlevi Initiative” organized by Mission of Hope ministries in collaboration with the County Government of Nandi and National Authority for the Campaign against Drug Abuse (NACADA).

Dr. Kilplimo Lagat, The CEC Member in charge of Trade, Investment and Industrialization

Speaking during the official closing ceremony, CEC Member in charge Trade, Investment and Industrialization Dr. Kiplimo Lagat congratulated the delegates for choosing to go through such a noble program and applauded the SDA church for the approach they took to deal with drug and substance addiction.

The Department, through the Directorate of Alcoholic Drinks Control and Licensing, whose primary mandate is to regulate and control alcohol consumption, vowed to employ tough measures to control and regulate consumption and ensure that the county spend less money in future for rehabilitation. He noted that the government has so far reduced outlets selling alcohol across the county significantly by 54%.

Dr. Lagat said that his department will continue working with other stakeholders such as NACADA and church to make Nandi an Alcohol Free zone, sustain the impact already felt and work closely with other county departments to ensure the reformed access alternative sustainable source of income.

“We will prioritize awarding sewing machines to the reformed women from this program and employ youth in our Textile Unit we are establishing” he added.

CEC Member in charge of Health and Sanitation Hon. Ruth Koech

His Counterpart in charge of Health and Sanitation Hon. Ruth Koech affirmed that the government has made a conscious decision to work with the church in most of her undertaking. She noted that majority of those abusing drugs and alcohol do so out of their psychological and mental challenges they go through in their life. “Drugs have a marked effect on the body and mind. If there were no effect, people would be unlikely to repeat the experience. No one sets out just to become addicted.” she said.

The church on their part through Pastor Christopher Misoi, the Executive Director of SDA’s Great Rift Valley Conference thanked the County Government for the generous support towards the program. He urged the delegates to live a worth life by quitting drug abuse and become ambassadors of new hope as they head back home.

Over 140 reformists, young and old, who shared their testimonials and declared to live a new life were awarded with certificates having gone through training and mentorship.

A section of the participants in the Okoa Mlevi Initiative

 

 

 

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03 Aug
By: Evans Sirma 0

LREB firms up as member counties set to host major events

Counties in Western Kenya have come together under the banner of Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) as they seek to harness their diversity in economic development. LREB has attracted 14 member counties, Nandi being a key member heading the Trade and Investment Pillar. This presents an opportunity for inter-counting trading activities that would easily attract investors and in turn catalyze the economic growth of the region.

In a bid to attract more partners to the bloc, LREB has scheduled for an inaugural Trade and Investment Conference that will take place from 23rd to 26th of October 2018. Nandi County on the other will host the bloc’s summit in September. These are among many other activities that the bloc is engaging in.

County Assemblies in the bloc are already in the process of enacting The Lake Region Economic Bloc Bill that seek to develop policies and programs aimed at widening and enhancing cooperation among the member counties in economy, industry, social technologies and research fields, for their mutual benefits and  provide legal framework for member counties through agreements to establish institutions to strengthen industrial, commercial, social, technological and other relations to realize accelerated, harmonious and balanced development and sustained expansion of economic activities. Kakamega County Assembly has finalized on the ratification of the Bill.

A joint steering committee headed by Nandi County’s CECM in Charge of Trade, Investment and Industrialization  Dr. Kiplimo Lagat held its meeting in Bomet to assess the level of preparedness of Bomet County to host the inaugural conference.

LREB is set to work together to advantage on the shared resources and leverage on the economies of scales to help spur economic growth in the region.

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