Today KNCCI and Nation Media Group (NMG) held a joint discussion with an aim to revive their working relations and partnership.
The meeting chaired by the KNCCI President, Mr. Richard Ngatia and NMG, Managing Director, News paper Division Mr. Munywoki will lead to a signing of partnership agreement with the Nation Media group to support and help bring to limelight the Chamber programs and activities.
Already the two parties have entered into a partnership to host the inaugural KNCCI/NMG SMEs Conference and Expo scheduled for 24th and 25th of February, 2020 at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre. This will be a platform to for SMEs to showcase their brands, product and services.
Among the topics discussed during this meeting included:
EXPO DUBAI 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai starts on October 20, 2020. It will feature hundreds of themed and interactive pavilions, as well as immersive cultural experiences and live entertainment.
Dubai 2020 Expo is themed ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and will focus on ‘Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity’. “Kenya has been allocated its own pavilion at the expo and it is our duty now to ensure that we mobilize SMEs, investors and business community to participate and showcase their products and services”. Said Richard Ngatia, KNCCI President. He urged NMG to use this opportunity to showcase Kenya and what it can offer as a preferred destination for investment.
GREAT LAKES INVESTMENT AND TRADE CONFERENCE 2020 – GLITC
As the appointed Chairman of the Great lakes Region, Chamber president stated that the upcoming GLITC will focus on cross border trade and investment corridors with the private sector actors in the border regions as the prime participants. “I have been to Uganda, and will be proceeding to DRC to get the Great Lakes leaders endorse the conference”. Ngatia said.
Mr. Munywoki, NMG, Managing Director, News paper Division, lauded Mr. Ngatia on his appointment as the chair of GLITC and requested that all the Great Lakes region leaders be invited to the upcoming KNCCI/NMG SME Conference and Expo to increase on the awareness of the GLITC
ADOPT A COUNTY PROGRAM
Adopt a County is a pilot program by KNCCI and Homeboyz that will see the bringing together of SMEs players in one place and an incubation programs that will allow access to skills infrastructure, mentorship, supply and value chain, provide market linkages and financial support that will enable grow their businesses and products. “We would like to partner with NMG in such programs to ensure that SMEs challenges are addressed and are capacity built as they are the back bone of the economy”. Said Fatma Elmaawy, Chamber second Vice President.
The need to have a major global conversation about SMEs was also evident during the meeting. This will ensure that a good SME ecosystem is created with a good SME data base and classification.
Angela Ndambuki, KNCCI CEO in her statement said that through this global conversation, it will enable the private sector players make SMEs investor ready by guiding them through the process.