Governor Tolgos, PS Koech officiate chamber of commerce launch

Dr. Susan Koech, the Principal Secretary PS State department of East African Community addresses the business community at Iten.

Over 800 contractors in Elgeyo Marakwet county will have to secure registration with the Kenya National chamber of commerce and Industry KNCCI, Iten branch.

HE. Governor Eng Alex Tolgos EGH announced today that no contractor will be allowed to do business without the registration.

"We shall make it a requirement for all the contractors that no one will be paid until they are registered with KNCCI ," said Tolgos.

Addressing the business community at Sitet Hotel in Iten Town on Friday during the official launch of KNCCI, Elgeyo Marakwet chapter, Governor Tolgos said the agency was going to be instrumental in providing necessary information about contractors who do commendable jobs   and those who deserve to be blacklisted.

The governor said KNCCI was also going to provide regulation in the industry that has suffered poor management.

Those who do not also pay tax as well as defaulters frustrating financial institutions will be tamed, said the county boss.

"We want all of you to get together and form a serious network whose objective is to empower everyone in doing business," said Tolgos at the ceremony held at Sitet hotel and presided over by Dr. Susan Koech, the Principal Secretary PS State department of East African Community EAC.

"We are glad to have officially launched this initiative in our county today. KNCCI is an important agency that brings together the business community with a view to enhancing business growth," said Tolgos

The agency is a valuable tool for any small business owner and it should be fully embraced by everyone, said the governor.

He said some of the benefits members get include capacity building services on the best business practices that give them desirable returns alongside getting access to credit facilities.

KNCCI will also streamline businesses in the county headquarters Iten Town which has recently acquired a municipality status, added Tolgos

As a way of promoting the growth of the entity, Tolgos said his government had supported the officials by allocating them office space to operate in the meantime before they secure theirs.

Dr. Koech said there were several business opportunities in Elgeyo Marakwet especially in the Agricultutre, Tourism  and Sports sectors.

Key officials present at the meeting included  Eldoret Town businessman and a former athlete Moses Kiptanui, businesswoman Veronicah Suter,  the agency  Chief Executive Dr. Ronald Zochin and Chairperson Mr John Chemagut.