- The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has opened a business center in Mombasa for small importers and exporters.
- More than 2,500 traders in the coastal region who were looking for Kebs services in Nairobi can now get the services in the new center, known as the Biashara Center, which was opened last week.
- The main objective of the center is to make the import and export of goods easier and cheaper.
The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has opened a business center in Mombasa for small importers and exporters.
More than 2,500 traders in the coastal region who were looking for Kebs services in Nairobi can now get the services in the new center, known as the Biashara Center, which was opened last week.
The main objective of the center is to make the import and export of goods easier and cheaper.
The opening of the center comes as the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, in collaboration with Kebs, strives to improve efficiency and facilitate the process of doing business in the country in eliminating the logistical and administrative problems caused to traders when looking for utilities in multiple locations. .
“We recognize the important role that MSMEs will play in the post-Covid-19 economic recovery and the urgent need to overcome the obstacles that limit the growth of MSMEs in the country,” said Kebs Managing Director Benard Njiraini.
“With the new Biashara center, MSMEs can now access the services of public institutions of the entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof in a timely and efficient manner”,
Last year, Kebs implemented an MSME policy which envisions “a dynamic sector producing high quality products in a sustainable manner accessible to local and global markets”.
The policy introduced a series of preferential benefits for small traders, including tiered fees and favorable treatment in terms of services offered by Kebs.
Gradual application of fees payable to Kebs will help meet the needs of upcoming start-ups and entrepreneurs, including Jua Kali operators who previously paid applicable fees at the same rate as established businesses.
Data estimates that Kenya’s MSMEs contribute around 40 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), with the majority falling into the informal sector.
The new Biashara Center, located at the Kebs Coast region office, is also a one-stop-shop for essential business and commercial services such as tax compliance registration, MSME loans and support for registration of the business. Mark.
The center will also provide training on production, product certification and system accreditation.
Other services to be provided to the center include the promotion, regulation and development of MSMEs with the aim of stimulating their growth.
Government agencies already established at the center include Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS), Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Numerical Machining Complex (NMC), Kenya Industrial and Development Institute (KIRDI) and Micro and Small Business Authority (MSEA).
The hub also houses modern test and calibration facilities equipped with a test laboratory including food and agriculture, microbiology, partial organic and inorganic chemistry, instrumentation and metrology that will offer services of testing and calibration to customers in the coastal region, as opposed to sending samples to Nairobi as was previously the case.
“The offices and laboratories that offer testing services are fully accredited and comply with the ISO 17025 requirement for conformity assessment,” Njiraini added.