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Trade Missions, Fairs and Exhibitions Services 

The KNCCI leads business delegations to trade missions 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 collaborations with trading partners and Chambers of Commerce to organize for joint ventures and business matching sessions through Business to Business (B2B) meetings. 

Trade Facilitation services 

KNCCI lobbies for regional integration initiatives to stimulate growth and development of Kenyan 

businesses 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 Kenya 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 Foreign Direct Investments and Joint Ventures 

KNCCI also advocates for foreign direct investments into Kenya and availing of joint ventures opportunities to Kenyan 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. KNCCI 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 programs 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 Government’s 30% procurement opportunities to promote inclusive economic development. The Chamber 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. 

Undertake Annual Budget and Tax Seminars

KNCCI undertakes budget analysis annually and informs the business community on its implication to business development. Through budget analysis, the Chamber offers information concerning taxation in Kenya as well as incentives to promote trade and investment. The Chamber also lobbies for incentives to promote business development both at National and County levels through proposals on business environment to national sector hearings and county budget and economic forums. 

Informal Businesses Formalization 

KNCCI accepts membership from registered businesses in Kenya. KNCCI seeks to ensure 

formalization of majority of businesses in Kenya to ensure growth and development of enterprises to operate nationally and globally. The informal sector in Kenya is dominated by the SMEs and holds a large population of Kenyans and their formalization would enhance economic development in Kenya through trade and investments. The Chamber also assists Kenyans to register, incubate, mentor and expand businesses. 

Trade and Industrial Policies Interventions 

KNCCI also submits proposals to Government in the course of preparation of business legislation and policies both at National and County 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 business environment with a view to spur trade and investment in Kenya. 

Trade Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Services 

KNCCI is mandated to offer trade disputes settlement and arbitration services in the course of 

international trade. KNCCI is in the process of setting a Premier Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Chamber in Nairobi. This would ensure that members of the business community undertake their trade and investment activities in Kenya and in other Countries without disruptions. 

Issuing Certificates of Origin 

The Chamber issues Certificates of Origin to the local products. The Certificate of Origin (COO) in Kenya has been issued by Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) until recently when it was reverted back to the Chamber in the government effort to revive it.

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