The County Government of Kakamega will work closely with the business community to facilitate a friendly and supportive environment for trade, industrialization and tourism in the County.

This was affirmed by the Chief Officer for Trade Mr Shakir Adan, on behalf of H.E FCPA Governor Fernandes Barasa, at a consultative meeting between the County Government and members of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) Friday at Golf hotel Kakamega.

During the forum dubbed “Demystifying Taxation over Opportunities”, Mr Adan delivered Governor Barasa’s speech that emphasized the importance of developing trade and industries with the objective of creating wealth amongst residents as outlined in the Governors Manifesto. This, he noted, will be actualised through collaboration and close working relationship with the relevant stakeholders in the sectors.

The Governor’s speech also weighed in on the current Financial Bill debate expressing knowledge on the plight faced by traders following introduction of the new tax regime by the National Government and appreciated efforts by KNCCI aimed at boosting the sector.

On his part the Chief Officer highlighted some of the projects being implemented by Governor Barasa’s administration among them; resuscitation of Kakamega Fish Processing Factory, revival of construction process of Kakamega Tea Factory in Shinyalu, construction of a Fertilizer Manufacturing Plant in Mumias West and fast tracking of completion of Kakamega Dairy Plant in Malava Sub-County, among others.

He reminded traders to utilise the Shs 113 Million advanced by the Kakamega County Microfinance Corporation to boost their businesses.

KNCCI, Kakamega Chapter Chairman FCPA Wycliffe Kibisu implored the County Government to consolidate all business permits into one for ease of running businesses and to reduce time taken by traders while seeking for clearance from the County Revenue Agency.