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KNCCI is in support of the bottom-up economic model

The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industries (KNCCI) has supported the bottom-up economic model being implemented by the Kenya Kwanza administration.

KNCCI president Dr. Erick Ruto said the model is a transformation agenda to empower small-scale businesses to thrive and do business in a wealthy nation.

“As business people, our main agenda is to do business in a wealthy nation, hence we will support all government programs and try to bring solutions where necessary so as to grow our economy,” he said.

He spoke at Naisoya area in Narok North Sub County during a thanksgiving ceremony for newly elected South Rift region KNCCI Director David Mpatiany.

The prayers were led by Dominion Chapel Bishop Peter Ole Supeyo.

The function was attended by Narok County Commissioner Isaac Masinde, Narok North Member of Parliament Agnes Pareyio, Narok County Assembly Speaker Davis Dikirr, a host of KNCCI directors among others.

Dr. Ruto reiterated that KNCCI will continue empowering traders in the country by linking them to international markets and support them to expand their businesses.

“We want even the Maa community to do their businesses in a professional manner. We will link their bead and meat businesses to international markets so that they can get more profit,” he said.

He underscored the importance of paying taxes saying the business community is ready to do their national duty of paying taxes to develop the nation.

County Assembly Speaker Davis Dikirr asked KNCCI to give soft loans to small-scale traders so that they can expand their businesses, even to international standards.

“The business community is not the people in town only, even the farmers, women making beads, and dairy farmers are also business people who should be empowered,” said the speaker.

The County Commissioner commended KNCCI for uniting traders and ensuring their issues are resolved amicably without escalating to violence.

“I have worked closely with KNCCI. I can attest that they have helped promote peace in our county as they resolve their issues amicably. During the election period, they were key in ensuring that the county remained peaceful,” Masinde said.

On his part, the newly elected South Rift Region KNCCI Director called for cordial working relationships between the traders and the county government so as to attract more investors in the counties.

Mpatiany promised to support the business community to thrive by doing many trainings, giving soft loans and connecting them to international markets.

“We will work with the county government so that we can empower our people because alone we will not make it.  We want to bring solutions to the business community and empower them to make more profits,” he continued.

By Ann Salaton

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