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Mudavadi backs Chamber boss Richard Ngatia to spearhead trade expansion

Prime Cabinet Secretary Musalia Mudavadi has lauded the efforts made by the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) towards promoting trade.

Mr Mudavadi made the statement after meeting KNCCI president Richard Ngatia who paid a courtesy call on him.

“I am impressed by your efforts in fostering trade and wish to encourage you to double your efforts. The Ruto administration is keen to open up trade and employment opportunities and we are counting on you to work with us,” explained Mudavadi.

Also present at the meeting were other KNCCI officials including Abdulwalli Shariff John Shimaka, Sylvanus Abungu, Charles Omutany, Billy Nyonze, Martin Waliaula, and Peter Juma.

Mr Ngatia observed the similarities between the Kenya Kwanza government’s vision and that of KNCCI.

“We are keen to be a leading voice for Kenyan businesses and entrepreneurs that advocate for policies that support their growth and development. To achieve this, we need to continue to engage with members and key stakeholders to understand their needs and priorities,” he said.

“We will also focus on enhancing our communication channels, leveraging technology to provide relevant and timely information to our members. Additionally, we will work to strengthen our partnerships with the government, private sector, and other stakeholders to promote policies that support entrepreneurship and business growth in Kenya.”

Mr Ngatia has in the recent months been spearheading efforts to expand opportunities for Kenya’s goods and services.

He was instrumental in a partnership deal signed with the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FCCI) aimed at supporting businesses in Kenya in October 2022.

The deal was signed by Mr Ngatia and her French counterpart Ms. Estelle Gillot.

As part of the agreement, FCCI and KNCC will work towards expanding trade and investment opportunities through the support of Business Incubators, Digital technology, apprenticeship, SMEs programs, benchmarking, exhibitions, and events with the Kenyan business industry.

Kenya has embarked on an aggressive campaign to open more market opportunities abroad and deepen trade ties with traditional allies.

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