The city of Mombasa has enormous unrealised potential with one of the best deepwater harbours in eastern Africa and a central location on the coastal strip. Despite these attributes, and notwithstanding a healthy tourism industry, Mombasa’s economy has stagnated to the extent that dilapidated infrastructure and widespread poverty presently characterise the city
Through the support from the US-based Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), KAM has established six regional chapters at the Coast, Nyanza/ Western, Nakuru, Eldoret, Athi River and Thika. Approximately 80 percent of KAM Members are based in Nairobi while the rest are spread in the regional chapters.
Regional chapters exist to develop and prioritise a local advocacy agenda, draw strategies and action plans to lobby for policy reforms on the issue. They also mobilise members for training information sharing and capacity building in areas of need, coordinate membership recruitment and retention efforts, review progress and report to the board. Each chapter operates with an elected committee led by the chairman.
Chapter officers give technical support to chapter committees through coordination of chapter activities including meetings, visiting members and recruitment of new members.
Eldoret is considered the industrial hub of the North Rift part of Rift valley province. Over the years however, it has been suffering a declining economic growth following the collapse of industries that were behind its rapid expansion over 20 years ago. The town links the rest of the country to western Kenya, Uganda and Sudan.
Nyanza / Western Chapter
This Chapter office covers the Nyanza and western regions. Nyanza is the fifth largest province in Kenya. The principal cash crop is cotton, with coffee and tea production in the northeast. Small amounts of copper and gold are mined at Macalder in the southwest.
Agriculture, manufacturing and tourism are the backbone Nakuru’s economy. The town has a total population of about 300,000 people and is currently the fourth largest urban centre in the country.