We provide a wide range of services that give your business the competitive edge it needs to thrive
Many businesses in our County, particulary small scale businesses, may fail after a short period of being in operation due to many factors including lack of funds to continue operating, poor management, inadequate access to proper infrastructure and poor marketing strategies.
To help avoid such an outcome we provide services that are designed to help businesses of any scale thrive in an ever-changing environment. Being one of the 47 chapters of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) our members enjoy the same benefits that KNCCI provides to its members.
Trade Missions, Fairs and Exhibitions
We lead business delegations to trade missions within the county and, through KNCCI, within Kenya and throughout the world. The trade missions abroad are on targeted sectors of interest to the other Kenya trading partners. The Chamber works in collaboration with KNCCI trading partners and the other Chambers of Commerce to organize for joint ventures and business matching sessions through Business to Business (B2B) meetings
The Chamber lobbies for regional integration initiatives to stimulate growth and development of businesses within the County and Kenya at large under regional trading frameworks that promote trade and investment in the region:
- East African Community (EAC)
- Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
- Southern Africa Development Community (SADC)
- African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA)
The Chamber promotes increased exports from the County and Kenya at large to the region and the rest of the world by both Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) and large enterprises to improve trade that promotes wealth and employment creation
Promotion of Direct Foreign Investments and Joint Ventures
Through KNCCI, our parent organisation, we advocate for direct foreign investments into the County and availing of joint venture opportunities to local businesses. This is undertaken by lobbying the government both at National and County level to provide incentives to investors towards technological transfers, standards and quality enhancement, efficient and effective sustainable utilization of resources for the benefit of the Kenyan people. The Chamber also lobbies for enhancement of local content in manufacturing through higher local value addition
Promote Youth, Women and Persons With Disabilities Enterprise Development
The Chamber has prioritized programmes towards youth, women and persons with disabilities in key areas of business development, access to finance, access to markets and capacity building to utilize the County and National Government’s 30% procurement opportunities to promote inclusive economic development. The Chamber, together with KNCCI, is a lead private sector partner in the establishment of the County Business Development Centers to provide information and capacity building to the youth, women and persons with disabilities to participate in trade and investments
Undetake Annual Budget and Tax Seminars
We undertake budget analyses annually and inform the business community on its implication to business development. Through budget analyses, the Chamber offers information concerning taxation in the County and Kenya at large as well as incentives to promote trade and investment. The Chamber also lobbies for incentives to promote business development both at the County and National levels through proposals on business environment to national sector hearings and county budget and economic forums
Informal Business Formalisation
We accept membership from registered businesses in the County. The Chamber seeks to ensure formalisation of majority of businesses in the County to ensure growth and development of enterprises to operate at the County level, nationally and globally. The informal sector in Kenya is dominated by the SMEs their formalization would enhance economic development in the County and Kenya at large through trade and investments. The Chamber also assists Kenyans to register, incubate, mentor and expand businesses
Trade and Industrial Policies Intervention
The Chamber submits proposals to both the County and National governments (through KNCCI) in the course of preparation of business legislation and policies both at the County and National levels. Examples include the National Exports Strategy, County Finance Bills, County Sectoral Plans and Bills, and trade negotiations participation supporting government delegations, among others. These interventions are meant to contribute to the improvement of the business environment with a view to spur trade and investment in the County and Kenya at large.
Enterprise Development Support and Consulting
The Chamber supports and nurtures entrepreneurial culture on MSMEs strategy development, business registration, exports development, business regulations and business plans preparation, entrepreneurship and industrial incentives. Jointly with partners in the County and in and outside Kenya, the Chamber offers scholarship opportunities to the County’s business community on technical courses such as information technology, telecommunications, MSMEs and rural development, project management, environment and renewable energy courses. The Chamber also offers consultancy services to both public and private entities on trade and industrial development strategies, trade negotiations, participation and supporting government delegations
County Trade and Investment
KNCCI, our parent organisation, has representation in all the 47 counties in Kenya working with the County governments to advocate for an improved business environment at the County level. The objective is to enhance business development through incentives to register, expand and participate in viable trade and investments. The Chamber gives business environment proposals to the County Budget and Economic Forum towards preparation of finance, trade and sectoral development laws to promote private sector development as the source of wealth creation and employment. Together with KNCCI, we collect and collate trade and investment information on County investment opportunities that are important during trade missions, fairs and exhibitions within and beyond Kenyan borders.
We organise and partici[ate in local County trade fairs and exhibitions, offer support to the business community and share information on agreements and markets for exports. We also work with partners at the local level and bring together all the Business Membership Organizations and the private sector at large in forging common business development initiatives to lobby the Taita Taveta County Government to enhance the business environment
Trade Disputes Settlement and Arbitration
The Chamber is mandated to offer trade disputes settlement and arbitration services in the course of trade at the County, Naitional and international levels. KNCCI, our parent organisation, is in the process of setting a Premier Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Chamber in Nairobi. This will ensure that members of the business community undertake their trade and investment activities in Kenya and in other countries without disruptions
Business Networking Services
The Chamber provides a robust platform for business networking through breakfast and luncheon meetings to exchange information, experiences and business opportunities both at the County and National levels
Finance and Technical Support Services
The Chamber through its very large connection with different organizations and institutions both at the County and National levels also plays a major role in offering finance and technical support to local businesses. This is usually done through projects with some of the Chamber’s strategic partners in private sector development
Trade and Investment Information Dissemination
KNCCI, our parent organisation, has a database of trade and investment information from its own research, trade missions, fairs and delegations. This is in addition to market intelligence information that is useful for business growth and development. It also has information about global brands interested in partnering with Kenyan businesses and disseminates this information to its members and Kenyans at large to promote private sector development in Kenya. The Taita Taveta Chamber provides access to this vital service to its own members.
The Chamber is represented in key government initiatives on trade and investment at both the County and National. This provides a platform for the Chamber to lobby and advocate for the creation of a favorable trade and investment environment for business growth and development
Issuing Certificates of Origin
KNCCI, our parent organisation, issues Certificates of Origin for local products. The Certificate of Origin (COO) in Kenya has been issued by the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) until recently when the function was given back to KNCCI
KNCCI, our parent organisation, is well positioned globally. It is an affiliate of the East Africa Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (EACCIA), the G77 Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI) and is a member of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and World Chamber Federations (WCF). The Chairman of the KNCCI represents Kenya in the WCF general council. The WCF among its many roles provides a critical advocacy and representation role at the global level, promoting the role of the Chambers as the competent authorities in the issuance of the Certificates of Origin (COO) and the acceptance of electronic COOs.
Through these affiliations, KNCCI – and, therefore, its 47 County Chapters – is strategically positioned to articulate the interest of its members in terms of taking advantage of the rising opportunities in the global market, industrialization, science and technology, agricultures, tourism among other key sectoral areas