Brief on County Business Environment for MSEs (CBEM) Dissemination Workshop in West Pokot
On 14th February 2020, the Private Sector and Development Department (PSDD) held a dissemination workshop on the flagship study on ‘Business Environment for MSEs’ across counties at Kalya Hotel, Makutano West Pokot. The focus was to disseminate the report as well as the policy brief for West Pokot County.
While presenting the findings of the study, Mr. Rodgers Musamali (Policy Analyst, PSDD) highlighted the importance of the MSE sector to the economy in terms of employment creation and income generation. To that effect, it was imperative for key issues that require policy interventions to be elucidated in order to create an enabling environment for the sector, which makes the CBEM framework important. Dr Moses Njenga (HOD, PSDD) moderated the session.
In attendance was the County Secretary Mr. John Karamunya, West Pokot who officially opened the workshop. In his remarks, he noted that the government was an enabler in terms of creating a conducive environment, West Pokot County was committed to this function. He encouraged MSEs to formalize hence pay their rightful share of taxes but also demand services from the County government. Institutions present at the forum included; MSE associations, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Micro and Small Enterprise Authority, Ortum Farmers’ Co-operative society, Agricultural Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP), County Government as well as National Government officers dealing with trade, and proprietors of businesses, among others.