Ensuring devolution delivers for business through advocacy and coalition building in pursuit of business interest - Foundation Office Kenya
The business community in Nakuru County continues to face a myriad of challenges both at institutional and personal level. The challenges include unfair introduction of taxes by the county government, stiffer tariffs and penalties, unfair competition from foreign multinationals, poor governance, imbalanced trade services and lack of information on available opportunities among many other challenges. It is on this background that the KNCCI-Nakuru Chapter has been seeking support to be able to equip its members with necessary skills to address the above challenges. Such important partnership is with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) which has been in the front line in promoting Democracy, Rule of Law, Human Rights and Social Market Economy among many other programs.
With the concept of devolution firmly enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010,the private sector reckons the urgent need for reorganizing its advocacy approach to ensure that devolution works for business without interruption or taking away from gains already reaped from similar past endeavors. Armed with this realization while at the same time appreciating the importance of solidarity and co-ordination in advocacy, KNCCI- Nakuru sought to promote the business leadership skills in advocacy at both Sub-County and County levels with the support of KAS.
Social Market economy is to be found wherever people trust in the forces of the market, and where attempts are made to implement all those goals to which the state and the various societal groups aspire, what a brilliant way to do it through building the capacity of the business leaders in business advocacy. According to the order concept of social market economy, guaranteeing a free and fair market enables individuals to use their talent to increase personal and shared wealth, thus contributing to a just society and a responsive development that benefits society as a whole.
Overall participants enjoyed the training and are looking forward to KAS organizing another similar event soon. Participants were also delighted by the variety of training techniques employed during the sessions.
They also requested for more capacity building programmes for the chamber in all the Sub-Counties.