The Coast Chapter held a meeting with Mombasa County Chief Trade Officer, Mr. Abdulwahab Mbarak to discuss cess/entry charges, payment of levies (through cheque instead of cash payment), branding and distribution fees and harassment by county security personnel.
Mr. Shah noted that it was time the county looked into their payment policy and adopt cheque payments. “The County needs to allow reputable businesses to pay levies and other charges/fees using cheques rather than on cash basis”, said Mr. Shah. The Chief Officer advised those ready to pay through cheques to write to the County Government for consideration.
The Chief Trade Officer noted that the increased entry fee from Kshs 2000 to Ksh 6800 was a wrong charge to be corrected. He advised the concerned companies to write to the County Government for rectification.
Members commended the work that the County Traffic marshal are doing in easing congestion on the road, it was however mentioned that some county askaris are still harassing the business community. The chief trade officer stated that the County is in the process of zoning areas and they will share the names of officers who are supposed to work in specific zones. This, he mentioned it will assist in knowing who is in charge and offer better services to business community.
The Chapter members appreciated the open door policy that the county has given business people in order to have dialogue.
The Mombasa County carried out awareness sessions with business community to discuss on the Mombasa investment portal.
The portal will enable the businesses to access information, provide facilitation in business registration, advice on support and incentives, access to linkages with government, private agencies as well as business professional networks to new and existing members. It is an online platform that is set to facilitate investments in key economic sectors.
The main categories in the portal are: Manufacturing, Tourism, Mining, hospitality among others. The County is looking forward to work with key business organization who will give an updated list of their various businesses so as to have them uploaded on the website.
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