Kakamega Deputy Governor H.E Ayub Savula Thursday opened a County Public Private Dialogue workshop themed, “Improving Access to Finance for MSMEs in Agri-Food Sector in Western Kenya,” at Golf Hotel, Kakamega.

In his speech to the participants, the DG noted that the Public Private Dialogue in partnership with ASSEK, GIZ and LREB will enhance collaborations between the stakeholders including investors; notably Micro Finance institutions and also create an enabling environment for access to credit as well as job creation to locals. He assured partners of unwavering support from the County Government.

CECM for Trade, Industrialization and Tourism Rachel Atamba on her part encouraged MSMEs to embrace Governor Fernandes Barasa’s pillar of Wealth Creation by applying for the County’s subsidized Microfinance loans being dispensed by the Kakamega County Microfinance Agency to grow their businesses.

Her Agriculture, Livestock Fisheries and Cooperatives counterpart Mr Benjamin Andama thanked all the stakeholders for investing in Kakamega County through Agribusiness as his Department concentrates on actualising the Governor’s Food Security agenda through farmer support, decentralisation and enhanced access to financial facilities.

Also present were Microfinance Corporation CEO Dr. Charles Oranga and GIZ Representative Mr. Ralf Barthelmes.