As Homa Bay County braces for the second Homabay International Investment Conference at Tom Mboya University, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) is laying the groundwork for a transformative economic landscape. Chamber President Dr. Erick Rutto and the National Director for the Nyanza Region, Mr. Ken Onditi, led a pre-conference visit, embarking on a series of strategic engagements aimed at bolstering the local business community and fostering government collaboration.

During a meeting with the Homa Bay business community, Dr. Rutto addressed various challenges affecting business growth, ranging from high permit rates and license charges to limited access to finance. The Chamber’s commitment to advocating for the business community’s interests was evident, with proposals to reduce levies, facilitate national exhibition participation, and explore international trade opportunities, such as cassava exports to China, laid on the table.

The courtesy visits to Governor Homa Bay, Hon. Gladys Wanga, and Homabay County Commissioner, Mr. Moses Lilan, were instrumental in reinforcing the Chamber’s dedication to economic development. Discussions with Governor Wanga explored potential investment opportunities, particularly in the hospitality sector, and emphasized the importance of the Chamber’s support in legislative matters affecting the business environment. Meanwhile, Commissioner Lilan’s overview of infrastructure projects highlighted Homa Bay’s investment potential, stressing the importance of Chamber involvement in public participation forums.

These engagements shows KNCCI’s resolve to serve as a bridge between the business community and government, aiming to create a conducive environment for economic growth. As Homa Bay County holds  its inaugural international investment conference, the collaborative efforts of the KNCCI, local businesses, and government officials herald a promising future for the county’s economic prosperity.