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Policy Tracker | April 2014

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Nakuru County News | April 2014

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T.K. Patel, Director Njoro Canning Ltd after receiving the award.

Njoro Canning Ltd Scoops distinguished award at Agro Processing Compliance World Forum

Nakuru based Njoro Canning Factory Ltd made Kenya proud by winning a distinguished award at the Agro Processing Compliance World Forum held on the 14th March 2014, at the prestigious Millennium Hotel, Mayfair, London in the United Kingdom. The Agro Processing Compliance World Forum is designed for top agro processing Managers, Investors, and Public Officials and attracts Ministers of State in Agriculture, successful CEO’s and senior level food and beverage professionals.

The award dubbed “Championing Excellence in Agro Processing Sector” is won by leading companies globally that have demonstrated improved productivity, sustained compliance, achieved continuous improvement and maximized food safety and quality whilst reducing costs throughout operations. Mr T.K Patel the director of Njoro Canning Ltd received the award on behalf of the company.

Njoro Canning Factory Ltd is a food processing company specializing in canned, frozen and dehydrated vegetables, spices, jams, desserts, relishes and pickles. It was established in 1978 and recently celebrated its 35th anniversary which coincided with their ISO 2200 certification. The company is located 27km from Nakuru Town  next to Egerton University Njoro Campus along the Mau - Narok Road. 

Congratulations Njoro Canning!

KAM Nakuru holds dinner meeting with Kenya Power

KAM Nakuru and Kenya Power recently held a dinner meeting where KAM members and invited guests were taken through the company’s strategy with relation to upcoming projects which will see a reduction in outages and better power delivery to large consumers.

The dinner  themed “Bringing Business closer to Government” and co-hosted by KAM and Kenya Power was attended by representatives from the business community, county government, central government and various regulatory authorities.

In his address, Kenya power MD, Dr. Ben Chumo promised local manufacturers the delivery of more power in the coming months. The current supply of over 1500 MW is expected to increase to 5000 MW by 2016. The mix of power sources will change with focus being more on geothermal energy and less on diesel to bring down the cost of electricity. The cost of Generation is expected to go down from 14 US cents/kWh to 9 US cents kWh. To improve reliability and quality of power supply there will be dedicated lines to manufacturers. He indicated that Kenya Power was entering into power purchase agreements to ensure power supply targets are met but challenged manufacturers to ensure the supply is consumed.

Speaking at the event acting Regional Manager, West region, Eng. Rosemary Oduor said Kenya power would enhance maintenance and inspection of transmission infrastructure to reduce outages. Nakuru industrial area would also have a dedicated feeder by April 2014. She further indicated that plans were underway to create alternative supply sources for major large power customers and specific officers would be re-assigned to them to improve communication. To achieve reliable quality supply construction of a transmission line between Menengai and Soilo substations by GDC and KETRACO is underway and is scheduled for completion by December 2014.

Nakuru Governor Hon. Kinuthia Mbugua who was the chief guest lauded KAM for leading the business community in Nakuru County in engaging constructively with the county Government saying the engagement starting with the Governors Roundtable that came up with a blueprint for the county was a great achievement.

On the recently passed county finance act he said his Government had received submissions from various sectors and was fine tuning them with a view to making amendments to the act. “The finance bills resulted in demonstrations everywhere apart from Nakuru because we allowed ourselves to listen to each other. We shall look at the issues, make it a learning point and come up with a refined bill and everybody will be happy,” said Mbugua.

He called on the business community to marshal their resources and invest in the county saying that after making several trips abroad to scout for investors he realized local investors also have the capacity to invest and change the face of the county.

“We do not need trips to China or elsewhere to look for investors. If you look around and see the commercial buildings that local investors are putting up using local resources, it shows you the local capacity. We do not need to spend a lot inviting external investors,” said the Governor.

Commenting on the delay in setting up of Municipal Boards, Governor Mbugua said the delay had been occasioned by the delay in completion of classification of Cities and Municipalities. “We hope that when the classification is completed and the boards are constituted, members of the business community will be ready to serve in the boards,” he said.

Speaking at the event Chapter Chairman Rajen Shah commended the County Government for listening to the business community but urged for the speedy implementation of the issues agreed upon to lower the cost of doing business and to ensure a conducive business environment.

In his remarks KAM national chairman Polycarp Igathe said the road to success is always under construction and called on the business community to continue engaging with the County Government to improve on service delivery. He also called on the county Government to focus on a few issues and execute and the effect would soon be felt.

KAM vice chair Pradeep Paunrana said that KAM has had many engagements with various stakeholders in order to ensure that devolution works for business. He further stated that KAM is not an association that finds faults in everything but rather one that provides solutions with a view to providing a business friendly environment that would help develop our country.

KAM CEO Betty Maina commended the Governor and the business community for talking to each other as that is the only way issues can be resolved amicably for the good of all. She also presented to the Governor the “County Business Agenda” a document that resulted from the discussions at the Governor’s Roundtable held in May 2013. The document will be used as a guide and an advocacy tool for Nakuru County.

Nyanza/Western News | April 2014

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Nyanza/Western Chapter

Bungoma County holds Governors Roundtable

Bungoma County held its first Governors roundtable (GRT) on 26th March 2014 at the Kenya Industrial Estates hall in Bungoma town. The GRT was led by Kenya National Federation of Farmers Bungoma County as the lead BMO while the County government was led by the Governor Ken Lusaka.

In his address the Governor committed to continued dialogue with the private sector if only to ensure businesses are comfortable. “We have to ensure that the environment is conducive for businesses to perform,” said Governor Lusaka. “Fair trade for every business is our goal and we will ensure that businesses that are already existing thrive even as we endear other investors to come and invest in our county, added the Governor.

The Governor outlined his strategic plans for the county noting that an Industrial park was key in the plan and that land was being sought to start the project. “The County government will boost companies especially the value add industries. We have already set aside ksh.10 m for Kitinda milk processors to build a cold storage facility, the contract has already been awarded to set up a tannery in Kiminini, a plan to set up a tomato processing firm in Webuye jointly with other investors has also been actioned,” said Hon. Lusaka. The Governor also committed that his government will give out breeding animals to the youth and women to boost their livelihoods.

Speaking at the GRT, the CEC in charge of Finance and planning Mr. Paul Masinde said that the county government is just waiting for legislation on the town boards so as to form them then they will task them to review and consult stakeholders and make recommendations on county licenses, fees and charges. “We will also map out all businesses in the county and audit the fee regimes charged to ensure no revenue is lost by the county,” said Masinde.

The CEC in charge of Trade, Energy and Industrialization Mr. Lorian Kollikho noted that they will collaborate with the police and private sector to ensure patrol bases and cars are provided to the police to boost security.

Nyanza/ Western cluster to start a regional bank

Ten counties in the Western region have mooted a plan to start a regional development bank. Speaking at the Nyanza cluster devolution conference held in Kisumu, Kisumu County Governor Mr. Jack Ranguma said that each county will set aside 100m in their next financial budget that will be used to set up the bank.

“This regional bank will help boost our businesses within the region by offering lending facility,” said Governor Ranguma. “We want to ensure our region is an economic power house in the next few years,” added Mr. Ranguma.

Speaking at the conference Kisii County Governor Mr. James Ongwae urged the Commission on Implementation of the Constitution to help clarify on the human resource and staff welfare at the county as the counties are paying three different types of salary to same caliber of staff. He said that there will be a painful exit strategy for some staff as counties are spending over 50% of their budget on recurrent expenditure at the expense of development.

Upcoming events:

  • Agro Forum for SME’s on 15th April at Kisumu Hotel – 8.30 am- 5pm. Entry Free
  • KAM/ Kenya Power joint meeting on 26th May 2014, venue to be confirmed

Central Chapter News | April 2014

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Central Chapter

Kiambu County Government set to automate revenue systems

Kiambu County has set in motion plans to automate revenue collection so as to maximise on collection. This move will greatly help in improving service delivery by the county government, bearing in mind automated systems have among others the below stated advantages:

·         Saves on time that businesses use to queue in order to make payment at the county’s accounts office

·         Improved and quality service delivery since there will be maximum revenue collection to be used on developments

·         Help in the fight against corruption in public offices because it enhances transparency

Kiambu County Governor H.E William Kabogo, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Dr. Fred Matiang’i and other Ministry and County Officials keenly following a presentation on how outomation will be rolled out.

Tipping charges amended

Following the enactment of the Kiambu County Finance bill 2013, there were key issues in regards to the various fees and charges that businesses raised. This necessitated a meeting between the chapter and the Deputy Governor Hon. Gerald Githinji, County Executive Committee Member in charge of Finance and Economic Planning Mary Nguli and Head of County Treasury John Gitau, in February 2014.

A memorandum highlighting key issues and proposals for amendments was presented to the county Government. Among the issues raised was the tipping site charge which had gone up to Ksh. 20,000 per tonne as opposed to the previous charge of Ksh. 25,000 per annum. This new rate was exorbitant as it would have run into millions per year.

Subsequently the county Government has since relooked into the matter and effected the some amendments.

Below are amendment done to the Third Schedule Part II of the Kiambu County Finance Act 2013:

a)   Deleting :

Industrial Waste Per ton                                        20,000

Substituting thereof with the following:

Industrial Waste                                                                          Per Trip

Pick-up up to 2 tonnes                                                                1,500

Mini truck (3-4 tonnes)                                                               3,500

Truck (5-7 tonnes)                                                                     5,000

Lorry (8- 10 tonnes)                                                                   7,000

Lorry (11-14 tonnes)                                                                10, 000

Truck over 14 tonnes                                                                15,000 

The chapter is still fast tracking the other issues and members will be updated in due course. 

Upcoming event: All members open forum – date and venue to be communicated          

Industrial Area Chapter News | April 2014

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Industrial Area Chapter

Criminal Activities Thwarted

In our effort to crack down on criminals in Industrial Area and make it safer for doing business, the chapter is closely working with key law enforcement agencies to realize this objective. During the month, four cases of extortionists were reported and the culprits apprehended by the police and senior government agencies in charge. We appreciate the efforts by members to report any cases of bribery, unwarranted harassment especially during routine inspection by officers from different departments or fraudsters masquerading as bona fide officers. In this regard, you are encouraged to report any such incidences to the chapter office for quick response; your confidentiality is assured at all times. Furthermore, we urge you to report known crime-spots so that the police can increase patrols in such areas to minimize crime cases. Our commitment is to ensure that we identify, apprehend and prosecute criminal gangs terrorizing civilians and businesses in our areas of operations.

Increased Land Rates in Nairobi County Challenged

The Kenya Alliance for Residents Association held a consultative forum on 1st April to discuss the increased land rates in Nairobi by the county government. Most speakers during the forum, including KARA’s CEO Mr. Mutoro, the chairman, Mr. Richard Nyaga, among others argued that the increment was inappropriately done and unjustifiable. They urged the county government to seriously consider the views from the city residents before making such decisions that directly affect not only the cost of living of the residents but the cost of doing business. Land owners pass any taxes down to the tenants, which eventually strain their income further, making life unbearable. KAM noted that investors are likely to consider the Kenya investment-hostile due to the high and unpredictable land rates, on top of a myriad of other levies by both the county and central governments. On their part, Mr. Peter Mureithi from the lands office at the Nairobi county government and Ms. Janeth, the deputy chief valuer argued that the increment was necessary as the county has to fund development projects, an argument that participants challenged. The views of the majority were that there was need for the county government to boost service delivery before demanding for more taxes from the already overburdened taxpayers. Even though there is a court order barring the collection of the new 34% rates, Mr. Mureithi stressed that the 3% monthly penalty for late payment will apply for defaulters, that is, if the outcome of the case currently in court will be in their favour. For more information on this, contact the chapter officer via email or phone.

Tree Planting Along Mombasa Road Walk

The KAM Industrial Area Chapter is working with Taj Shopping Mall and the Nairobi City County government to beautify Mombasa road from the airport and surrounding roads in its campaign to beautify the city. A networking forum was held at the Mall on 28th May in preparation for a tree planting walk campaign scheduled for 4th of May. Details on how you can participate will be communicated in due course by the chapter officer.

Upcoming Events

Kenya Power - Manufactures’ Consultative Forum

In its efforts to ensure sufficient and consistent power supply, the Kenya power and the Kenya Association of Manufacturers are organizing for a consultative forum with manufacturers in Industrial Area. The date and venue for the meeting will be communicated in due course. In the meantime, forward your power supply challenges for support.

Have You Paid Your 2014 Subscription Fees?

As you are aware, KAM relies on members’ subscription fees to sustain its core business and advocacy operations. Have you paid your 2014 fees? If not, kindly make an effort to pay as soon as possible. For those who have cleared, we are grateful for the support.

Investment Quote of the Month: The underlying principles of sound investment should not alter from decade to decade, but the application of these principles must be adapted to significant changes in the financial mechanisms and climate.”–Benjamin Graham.

Eldoret Chapter News | April 2014

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County Government calls on citizens to actively participate in county affairs

The County Government of UasinGishu has urged citizens to actively participate in issues that affect them. Speaking during The Urban Citizens Awareness Forum in Urban Development, the County Secretary Mr. Peter Lelei said that the Constitution of Kenya, the Public Finance Management Act and the Urban Areas and Cities Act clearly stipulate the role of citizens and their engagement with the County government hence providing the citizens with an opportunity to actively participate and contribute to County Affairs.

The Urban Citizens awareness forum seeks to sensitize state and non-state actors of their reciprocal roles as provided for in law. Devolution and Citizen Participation are key principles of the Kenya Constitution 2010.

In order to increase citizen participation, it’s important to establish a single platform for communication between the citizens and the county government and use of reliable channels to reach the citizens by putting in place reliable systems of feedback. 

KAM lauded for engaging with the County Government

UasinGishu Governor Jackson Mandago has commended KAM for actively engaging with the County Government. Speaking during UasinGishu County Business Dinner, the Governor acknowledged KAM for initiating Public Private Dialogue, Governor’s Round Table and for representing the private sector in the County.

“UasinGishu County aims to strengthen public participation and appropriate dialogue mechanism between the Public and the Private sector so as to improve service delivery, business climate and promote investments in the County,” said the Governor.

The KAM Eldoret Chapter Chairman, Mr. Albert Kimwatan said KAM was focusing on strengthening Business Coalitions so as to drive the Business Agenda with a common voice hence unlocking the business potential of UasinGishu County.

“Issues affecting manufacturers include high cost of power and water, hence the need to put in place structures that will encourage investors in the county and simplify business processes such as one-stop-licensing shop,” said Kimwatan.

Mr. Kimwatan emphasized that the private sector will work with the county government hence the need for formal invitations to the business community, use of reliable channels and constant communication with stakeholders so as to increase private sector participation in county affairs.

Coast Chapter News | April 2014

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Tanga City to hold 2nd trade fair

The Tanzanian border city of Tanga is set to hold its 2nd trade fair from 24th May 2014 to 3rd June 2014. Tanga Trade Fair is a business promotion event organized by the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA) and Tanzania Trade Development Authority (TANTRADE). The fair enjoys patronage of the Tanzania business community who both exhibit and use it as forum for business exchange. 

Officials of KNCC&I, TCCIA and KAM at Tanga Beach Resort 

Speaking during the 1st preparatory meeting for the event held at the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCC&I) offices in Mombasa, the treasurer of TCCIA Mr. Eric Kaniki said Tanzania was keen on doing business with its neighbours and welcomed exhibitors from Kenya to take part in the event. He further mentioned that a number of international exhibitors had expressed interest in participating in the Trade Fair.

“We are looking forward to host Kenya for the 2nd trade fair. Before we allow other international exhibitors to take stands and exhibit we extend our invitations to our brothers and sisters in Kenya,” said Kaniki.

Speaking during the same occasion, the Mombasa Chair of KNCC&I Mr. James Mureu expressed his appreciation to the delegation from Tanzania Chamber of Commerce for extending the invitation.

”It is necessary and important for members of the regional block to work together to foster regional integration as well as to be able to compete in the global market,” said Mureu.

A team of three officials from KNCC&I and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) travelled to Tanga for a feasibility study of the area and preparation for the Trade Fair. Travel from Mombasa to Tanga is easy by road. The road network on the Tanzanian side is very good and well marked for ease of movement. Border clearance is smooth, both at customs and immigration in both countries. 

The team also paid a visit to the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) and met the Regional Customs Officer, Mr. Pius Kibahila who gave an assurance that there will be no delays in clearance of goods destined for the trade fair. 

“We will do our best to ensure faster clearance of goods that are to be exhibited during the trade fair,” he said. He however cautioned exhibitors to be a bit early to avoid any instances of delays. Kibahila also clarified that only goods sold at the exhibition will be charged tax. 

Kilifi County Investors Conference in the pipeline

The Kilifi County Government recently held a stakeholders forum to deliberate on the first International Investors Conference in the county. According to county Trade and Tourism Minister Hon. Alphonce Tokali the objective of the meeting was to bring stakeholders together to brainstorm on how to hold the first International investors conference in the county. 

In attendance were officials from various ministries, and two County Executives, Hon. Tokali and Hon. Kiringi Mwachitu, the county executive committee member in charge of water, forestry and natural resources. Among partners represented were KenInvest, KAM and private consultants on maritime. 

The presentations from ministries were skeletal targeting areas they wished to source for investors support. Among them were Fish Port, Medical Tourism, High End Schools, Medical Training Schools, Agricultural Technology and Mechanical leasing, Housing, among others.

Various stakeholders expressed concerns over the numerous challenges that they face from the county that hinder investments. 

A representative of KenInvest Nelly Mwawaka decried the lack of decision making by those in authority that has discouraged many would be investors. “There is reluctance in making essential decisions by the leaders that would advise investors and this has left many not ready to invest in the region,” she said.  “Communication breakdown amongst departments in the county government is contributing to delayed project,” she added. 

Stakeholders from the tourism and manufacturing industries mentioned that there is lack of supporting infrastructure, negative environment from politicians and insecurity which has raised a lot of concern. 

Commenting on the business environment, KAM Coast chapter officer Susan Gitau said the high cost of doing business occasioned by new legislation at the county level would only further discourage investors. 

“High taxes and levies by the County Government will not attract investors at all in the region. As KAM we are disappointed that the County Government saw it fit to invite us for planning meetings of the investors’ conference yet they did not invite us for the presentation of the Finance Bill which has negatively affected business,” she said. 

The salt sub-sector executive officer Eunice Mwanyallo brought to the fore how the Salt Sub-sector is bogged down by the unending conflict on Land which is legally owned by investors. “Unless the existing investors are treated responsibly, others will not dare venture into Kilifi County,” she said. 

Hino to offer lowest cost per kilometer

Hino a Toyota Group company recently held an Expo at the Aga khan Social club Mombasa to introduce its Hino Fleet management. Speaking during the official launch Hino Kenya General,   Manager, Wanjohi Kangangi said the fleet will offer its customers the lowest per unit cost. 

“We are delighted to introduce to you Hino Fleet Solutions, lowest cost per kilometer. Together with other partners Hino fleet solutions offers, body building, finance, insurance and tracking among other services,” he said. 

“We have spent months working with partners to ensure we offer you benefits of great service at the best prices for all your fleet requirements,” said Kangangi adding that Hino fleet solution philosophy is “Customers business first.” 

Participants at the launching of Hino fleet management solution by Toyota Kenya at Aga Khan Hall 

Upcoming events: 

Energy Audit Training, Venue: Whitesands Hotel Mombasa 14th -18th April 2014 

Kenya Maritime Authority Sensitization workshop for Importers/Exporters on Incoterms and other Pertinent Issues in Shipping Industry, Venue: Mombasa Beach Hotel 15th-16th April 2014   

Devolution one year down: Has it delivered for Business?

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Panelists drawn from the business and government today met at the Intercontinental Hotel for the Annual Devolution Conference for BMOs to take stock of devolution one year down. 

Kiprono Kittony, the Chairman of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) gave the opening remarks by asking counties to look at their Finance bills which are not attractive to investors. "Counties risk becoming centres of 'tax and spend'" he said, adding that as nerve centres for economic development, there was need to attract investments not chase them away. He called for counties to rethink their budgeting process and work on incentives and other friendly policies that will attract investors. 

The panel drawn from the business side included representatives from Shippers Council of East Africa (SCEA), Kenya Association of Manufacturers, ICPAK, Petroleum Institute of East Africa (PIEA), Kenya Livestock Management Council (KLMC), KENAFF, KNCCI, Kenya Tourism Federation (KTF) and Kenya Flower Council (KFC).

From the Government side, representatives were drawn from CIC, CRA, Ministry of Devolution and Planning, County Assembly Speakers Forum, Senate, Council of Governors. Senator Kipchumba Murkomen called for more involvement in the County Development Boards which were set up so that both arms of government in the county work together. However other panelists disagreed with him saying that County Development Boards don't need a big brother to tell them what to do. 

Abraham Rugo, an expert on devolution moderated the business panel while Wallace Kantai from NTV moderated the Government panel. 

Phyllis Wakiaga, the head of the Policy and Research Unit (PRAU) summarised the recommendations of the conference by asking that County Finance Bills are well prepared. 

PROFILES: BUsiness Leaders Conference Speakers

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Eva Muraya, 46, CEO, Brand Strategy and Design (EA) Limited (BSD), Nairobi, Kenya (Eva(at)

Ms Muraya is the CEO of Brand Strategy and Design (EA) Limited, a regional integrated marketing communications consultancy firm that offers various services including brand audit and management, Internal Brand engagement and Advertising, Public Relations. She holds over twenty years of diverse brand strategy development skill and experience having successfully managed the regional brand building programs for companies such as FedEx, The Standard Group, Block Hotels, Xerox, Vital Voices Global Partnership amongst others. She is however best known for her entrepreneurial success in building an award winning regional branded merchandise business, Color Creations Limited, which she championed since 2002.

A motivational speaker and mentor in business leadership and personal branding, she has addressed many executive forums including Fortune’s Most powerful Women’s summit, the Harvard Business School (HBS) African Business Conference and TEDEX Kigali at which she variously discussed redefining the African entrepreneur. She was recently nominated by Women Inspiration and Enterprise Africa (WIE) as one of Africa’s Top 60 Most Influential Women. In October, 2008, she was a co-recipient of the inaugural Goldman Sachs Fortune Global Leadership Award. She was an award nominee at the Pan African Invent and Innovate Conference in Accra – Ghana in 2005, sponsored by the International Finance Corporation. Regionally, Color Creations Ltd was the only woman led top 10 finalist business out of 451 SME companies drawn from East and Central Africa in the 2007 Legatum Pioneers of Prosperity Business Award held in Rwanda and presided over by President Paul Kagame. Globally, Ms Muraya’s remarkable entrepreneurship skills saw her selected in 2006 by the US State Department to represent Kenya in a premier U.S. government-sponsored program dubbed the Fortune/State Department International Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. E

va Muraya serves on several boards both locally and internationally. She serves on the Vital Voices African Board of Advisers on the economic and education portfolio. She also serves as the Chair of Zawadi Africa Educational Program, designed to provide scholarships for needy, academically talented young women from Africa, Chairs the Kenya Association of Women Business Owners (KAWBO), Chairs the Board of the Nairobi Women’s Hospital and is a Board of Advisor for USIU’s Chandaria School of Business.


Nzioka is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya of 11 years standing, a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and a Certified Public Secretary of the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK). He has served in the past as a convener and presently is a member of The Intellectual Property Rights & Information Technology Communication Committee within the Law Society of Kenya.

He is a graduate of Law (LLB) from the University of Sheffield in the UK and is presently undertaking a Masters Law degree in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary, University of London. Nzioka is currently the Director of Corporate Affairs at Safaricom, one of the leading integrated communications companies in Africa. As part of his role, Nzioka has been instrumental in positioning Safaricom as a key player in shaping and driving Kenya's digital inclusion agenda. 

In both his private and public engagements, Nzioka is very passionate about community service and aside from being a Trustee of the Safaricom Foundation, he sits on the Board of two other non-profit organisations, namely the African Braille Centre  which provides specialised Braille reading material for the visually impaired and Alive and Kicking Kenya a social charitable trust registered in the UK and having a local office in Kenya. 


Dr Elijah CHINGOSHO is the Secretary General and CEO of AFRAA and in this capacity provides strategic direction to the Association and promotes the common interests of member airlines in conjunction with the Executive Committee.

Engineer Elijah holds three Masters Degrees in Aeronautical Engineering and Design, Business Administration and Transport Economics as well as a Doctorate in Business Administration. He holds several professional qualifications including being a Chartered Engineer with the United Kingdom Engineering Council, a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries and Administrators and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. He also holds three IATA Diplomas in Safety Management Systems for Airlines, Airline Operations and Cost Management Systems.

Group Captain Elijah Chingosho worked for 13 years for the Air Force of Zimbabwe where on leaving he was the Director of Engineering, and then he became General Manager Engineering for Air Zimbabwe for about 3 years. Elijah joined AFRAA in November 2001.

Elijah has authored four books including Elementary Aircraft Propulsion in 1989 and African Airlines in the Era of Liberalisation in 2005 (second edition 2009), Strategic Management, Text and Cases and General Management (2007).

Ms. Sumayya Hassan-Athmani, Chief Executive Officer, National Oil Corporation of Kenya

Sumayya Hassan-Athmani is the Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Corporation of Kenya. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree from Lancaster University, a Master of Laws degree in Commercial Law from the University of Bristol, UK and is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. 

She joined National Oil in 2004 as the Company Secretary and Legal Affairs Manager from private law practice and was later appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) then acting CEO in 2010 before being confirmed to the position in 2011.  

Ms. Sumayya has attended several high level trainings in Kenya and abroad among them the Advanced Management Diploma course at Oxford University, UK. She is a member of various industry and professional associations among them the Law Society of Kenya, the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya, the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the National Fossil Fuels Advisory Committee and the World Oil Council.  

In 2013, Ms. Sumayya was declared the Best CEO in Kenya during the Women in Leadership Congress held in Nairobi. Further, she was awarded honorary member of the Geological Society of Kenya for her leadership role in Kenya’s oil and gas exploration activities. Over the years, Ms. Sumayya has consistently been voted among the Top 40 Under 40 corporate leaders in Kenya. The Top 40 under 40 is an elite list of young Kenya corporate leaders who have excelled in their professions.  

In February 2014, Ms. Sumayya was declared the winner of the prestigious Outstanding Women Leadership Award which is a global recognition for Women Professionals who have the vision, flair, acumen and professionalism to demonstrate excellent leadership and management skills in their organizations, making changes and achieving results. The award is a joint project of the World Federation of Marketing Professionals, Stars of the Industry Group, Asian Confederation of Business, and the World CSR Day. Ms. Sumayya was awarded on Friday, 14 February 2014 at the close of the 2014 World Women Leadership Congress held at TAJ Lands End, Mumbai, India.  

Ms. Sumayya has attended and given presentations at national and international conferences and meetings on a variety of thematic areas on Africa’s oil and gas sector covering upstream oil and gas exploration, midstream petroleum infrastructure development and downstream distribution and marketing of petroleum products.  

During her tenure as the CEO, National Oil has achieved an expanded retail network, an active oil and gas exploration programme and initiated strategic petroleum infrastructure projects. Over the period, National Oil has won several local and international recognitions and awards including being named the Africa National Oil Company of the Year in 2011 and the 2012 Humanitarian Company of the Year in Kenya for its Corporate Social Responsibility programmes and attained East African Superbrands status in 2012.

Martin Oduor-Otieno, Partner and Senior Advisor, Financial Services, Deloitte East Africa

Martin Oduor-Otieno is a Partner and Senior Advisor, Financial Services Industry in the professional services firm, Deloitte East Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya since May 2013. He is also the Leader for the Firm’s Clients & Industries program. 

Prior to this, he was Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Group, which is a leading Bank in Eastern Africa, with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.

He holds Executive MBA and Bachelor of Commerce degrees and is a Fellow of both the Kenya Institute of Bankers and Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya. He has also been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Business Leadership degree by KCA University, and the National Recognition of the First Class Order of the Chief of the Burning Spear (CBS) by H.E. The President of the Republic of Kenya for his contribution to National Development.

He previously worked as Finance & Planning Director with Barclays Bank of Kenya and also led a Pan African governance project for Barclays Africa, on the implementation of the Sarbanes Oxley Act, as well as adoption of the International Financial Reporting Standards between 2004 and 2005.  Prior to his Barclays career, he spent ten years working for British American Tobacco Company, Kenya in a number of roles in Finance and at the Executive level. He has also served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance & Planning and The Treasury in the Government of Kenya between 1999 and 2001. He did his Accountancy articles with Pannel Bellhouse Mwangi & Co, Auditors (now Ernst & Young) in Kenya between 1979 and 1982.

He currently sits on the Boards of GA Life Insurance Company; SOS Children’s Villages Kenya as well as the International Senate of SOS KDI, a child rights, non-profit Organisation focusing on the care and protection of orphaned and abandoned children.

He is an Executive Fellow at Strathmore Business School, in Nairobi, Kenya and has served previously as Chairman of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya, and several Boards as a non Executive Director. 

He has recently, launched his biography titled...."Beyond the Shadows of my Dream"


Eric Kimani, MBS is a Business leader, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist with extensive experience in the management of organizational change and emerging technology and is currently a Principal Consultant at Harvest Consulting Limited. He is also a published author and a motivational and inspirational speaker.

As an Entrepreneur he is the

  • Founder of Palmhouse Dairies Limited, a successful dairy processing plant.
  • Founder of Mukore Academy, a national private primary school.
  • Founder of Central Business School (formerly KCA College, Githunguri Campus)- a tertiary college
  • Founder, Githunguri Business Park, a real estate business property  

As a Business Leader, he serves as non-executive director for the following;

  • I & M Bank Ltd, a privately held bank  
  • Kibo Fund, a Private Equity Fund based in Mauritius
  • Former CEO/MD and Finance Director at major public and private companies and has held many previous directorships in various public and private companies among them Sameer Africa, KTDA, Sasini Tea and Coffee, Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Williamson Tea and many others.

As a Philanthropist he is the; 

  • Founder and Chairman of the very successful Palmhouse Foundation, an education trust that finances the secondary education of needy and deserving students and mentors them through life.
  • Global Ambassador and former Chair of the Board of Trustees for HelpAge International,  the leading global action group on ageing with its head office in London
  • Immediate past Chairman, Disciplinary committee of the Institute of Public Accountants of Kenya (ICPAK)  
  • Past District Governor for Rotary District 9200 comprising Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea and South Sudan
  • Recipient of the 2008 Volunteer of the Year Award (VOYA) in Kenya
  • Recipient of the 2011 Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS) by His Excellency the President of Kenya for service to community.

The married father of three holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of London and a diploma in law from the Kenya school of Law. He is a fellow of Certified Public Accountant (FCPAK), a Certified Public Secretary (CPSK) and an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

In the past, Mr. Kimani has served as the CEO of Sameer Africa Limited and the Kenya Tea Development Agency Ltd. He was the Finance Director at C. Dormans Limited                                     

Svetlana Obruchkova

Cluster Manager, Nestlé East Africa & Horn of Africa Cluster    

Svetlana joined Nestlé in 2001 in Ukraine and held the position of National Sales Manager. 

A qualified Mechanical Engineer, she found her best expression in the world of Sales and Marketing .

Moving to Germany in 2004 as part of the Global Business Excellence (GLOBE)  Team, she made her mark in the pioneering of initiatives in Mobile Sales technologies across all European Nestlé Markets and other geographical  zones.

After international exposure at the Nestlé global Headquarters in Switzerland,  Svetlana was promoted in 2010 to the position of Head of Sales in the Nestlé Equatorial Africa region, a position she held  until mid-2012. 

Currently, she is the  Managing Director of Nestlé Kenya, and Cluster Manager of the Nestlé East Africa and Horn of Africa Cluster comprised of 10 countries (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti.

Frank Maina 

CEO, Frank Media Communications

Frank Maina has been in marketing practice for over 16 years. Frank started his career in banking and then joined the ad agency business. He served as media planner, manager and director at Universal McCann, Mediaedge:cia and Media Initiative. In these roles he managed media investments for clients across Eastern Africa. He served as CEO in media agency PHD and was a founder of its parent company Saracen Media, he left Saracen in 2011 to found a media agency Frank Maina Communications as well as partner with Sponge Group the largest mobile marketing agency in the UK to launch its operations in East Africa.

Frank has served in several industry roles and currently serves as founder Co-Chair of the Mobile Marketing Association. He has served as editor of the marketing journal Marketing Africa and ran a 4 year column in the magazine along a weekly one in the Daily newspaper The Star. He is a regular trainer on media planning and social media and digital media for the Chartered institute of marketing. Frank is a high handicap golfer and an avid reader. He enjoys travel, camping and marketing reading as his hobbies. 

Betty Maina, MBS

CEO, Kenya Association of Manufacturers

Ms. Betty Maina, Chief Executive of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers since 2004. Previously, Betty served in a similar position at the Institute of Economic Affairs (1997 – 2002).
At the Kenya Association of Manufacturers, Betty has played a major role in transforming the association into a dynamic, vibrant, credible and respected business organization with a professional Secretariat. KAM is one of Kenya’s leading business associations with nearly 700 members. It is a respected advocate for manufacturing and Betty’s leadership has contributed a lot to this respect and profile. KAM participates in and leads networks with like minded organization in Kenya and in the region.

At the Institute of Economic Affairs, Betty’ leadership and work contributed to opening up space for public debate on Government policies and legislative proposals. A noted achievement is in promotion of budget transparency which has now culminated in the establishment of parliamentary budget office to enable legislators ably scrutinize budget proposals in Kenya.

Betty’s career spans nearly 20 years in public policy research and advocacy and has included engagements with various organizations namely, the Centre for Public Integrity in Washington; Center for International Private Enterprise, Washington, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), United Nations Development Programmme, Africa Futures, Kenya Leadership Institute, the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV), Royal Netherlands Embassy, Ministry of Local Government (Kenya), and the World Bank, among others.

She holds a BA degree in Land Economics from the University of Nairobi and a Master of Science degree in Development Administration from the University College London. She has also undertaken a number of leadership and management courses.

Betty has received several State Commendations from H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya for her work in Kenya and also continues to serve on various boards in the public sector and civil initiatives. In 2008/9 she was among other eminent African personalities serving on the Danish Prime Minister’s Africa Commission, a Danish Platform for effective development cooperation with Africa.

Ethiopia Trade visit comes to a close

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The Ethiopian Trade mission that began on Tuesday this week (March 25) comes to a close today after fruitful business discussions that culminated on Wednesday morning with Business to Business meetings between Kenyan and Ethiopian businessmen. The discussions were particularly successful for those in the leather sector. There was an abundance of leather and bamboo products on display. 

In the afternoon the group went to 2 company visits at Kevian, a fruit processor in Thika and Elgon Kenya Ltd. They were particularly impressed at the fruit processing plant since Ethiopia has very many fruits. On Thursday, they had a meeting with Cabinet secretary, East Africa Affairs, Commerce and Tourism, Mrs. Phyllis Kandie who discussed the implementation of the SSA, joint ventures and skills transfer. Ethiopia is highly developed in its energy sector and in the assembly of cars and aeronautical engineering. Kenya on the other hand has a vibrant ICT and Dairy sector that Ethiopians could learn from.

The business discussions are the start of future partnership deals which will see trade flourish between both countries. 

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