EASING LOGISTICS

Government opens a new Biashara Center in Mombasa

Currently, KEBS Coast region office supports over 2,500 firms through product certification

In Summary
  • The opening of the center is part of a collaboration between the government and KEBS to enhance efficiency and ease of doing business in the Country.
  • The center will also provide training on production, product certification and systems accreditation.
Traders at a section of Kibuye market./FILE
Traders at a section of Kibuye market./FILE

Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Coastal region will now access government services under one roof following the opening of a new biashara center in Mombasa.

The opening of the center comes as the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development in collaboration with the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) move to enhance efficiency and ease of doing business in the Country.

This is by eliminating logistical and administrative challenges occasioned by seeking public services in multiple locations making the process long and tedious.

“We recognize the significant role MSMEs will play in post-Covid-19 economic recovery and the urgent need to address obstacles limiting the growth of MSMEs in the country,” saidKEBS Managing Director, Bernard Njiraini.

Housed at the KEBS Coast Region office, the new Biashara Center is a one-stop shop for essential business and trade services such as tax compliance registration, MSMEs loans and branding registration support.

The center will also provide training on production, product certification and systems accreditation.

Other services to be provided at the center include promoting, regulating, and developing MSMEs with the aim to boost growth in the sector. 

Government agencies already set up 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), Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), among others.

The center also houses modern testing and calibration facilities which is equipped with testing laboratories including Food and Agriculture, Microbiology, Partial Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumentation and Metrology that will offer testing and calibration services to the Coast region customers as opposed to sending samples to Nairobi as previously done.

Currently, KEBS Coast region office supports over 2,500 firms through product certification including 505 SMEs across coastal counties Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale, Taita Taveta, Lamu, and parts of Tana River.

The office also serves Taveta, Lunga Lunga and Shimoni Border points.

Other regional facilities that offer testing and calibration services include North Rift (Eldoret) and Lake (Kisumu). There are plans to expand to the regions of Mount Kenya (Nyeri) and South Rift (Nakuru).