Businessman gets backing for KNCCI presidential bid
SEE ALSO :Kenya to host Great Lakes trade forumIn his manifesto, Ngatia has also pledged to lobby the Government to pay SMEs within 90 days of invoicing and campaign to have it put into law. “I will advocate fair trade with our neigbours and help solve cross-border conflicts and ensure our fishermen are not harassed," he said. The businessman has also promised to initiate a diplomatic dinner twice a year, where key foreign contacts and envoys with the ability to unlock opportunities in business are hosted. While seeking support for Ngatia, former US ambassador to Kenya Michael Ranneberger said the businessman understood business diplomacy. “You know I married a Kenyan and I'm in business also. My interactions with Mr Ngatia has been invaluable,” said Mr Ranneberger.
SEE ALSO :Eldoret’s journey to City status beginsTrade imbalances Ngatia condemned the many trade imbalances and promised to advocate increased exports and discourage import of non-essential goods that stifle creativity, enterprise and job creation. Noting that there were too many taxes and fees across counties, Ngatia proposed a free trade regime between counties to boost trade, create jobs and ensure prosperity. He pledged to develop an affirmative fund and guidelines in favour of Arid and Semi-arid Lands, women, youth and persons living with disability. “In Ngatia, we see someone who understands us and will make steps to have pastoralists included in structured business and help us access funds,” said David Mbatiany, the newly-elected Narok Chapter chairman and who represents Kajiado, Samburu, Laikipia and Narok counties.
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