The Star (Nairobi)

15 August 2014

Kenya: Counties to Partner With Jua Kali Traders to Create More Jobs

COUNTIES are in talks with traders in the micro small and medium enterprises to boost the sector and reach mutual agreements on how they will be promoted and regulated.

The Council of Governors has launched the Jua Kali county dialogues which are aimed at deliberating on issues such as market access, availability and development of raw materials, agri business work sites and technical support services for the MSME sector.

"County governments as envisioned in the Constitution of Kenya are established to serve the interests of the mwananchi. As the leaders of the county governments if we do not support initiatives like these, we shall ave failed in our mandate," said CoG vice chairman Salim Mvurya.

Under the plan, each county is supposed to map out county potential and resources, identify five priority development areas in the region, outline strategies for youth involvement in key business areas and pin point challenges as well as solutions for small traders.

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