Vihiga County Dialogue Forum - Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry- Vihiga (KNCCI Vihiga)


In 2016, KNCCI Vihiga lobbied for the development of appropriate revenue-raising laws with BAF support. Specifically, KNCCI Vihiga advocated for the enactment of Rating Bill; Trade Licensing Bill; Public Participation Bill; Tariff Policy and the 2017 Finance Bill. Because of their advocacy, the following policy successes were achieved:

  • Enactment of the Vihiga County Finance Act, 2017
  • Enactment of the Vihiga Trade Licensing Act, 2017
  • Enactment of the Vihiga Rating Act, 2017
  • In March 2018, the county approved a waiver of application fees while renewing the Single Business Permit.

Separately, KNCCI Vihiga had participated in the GRT project under the guidance of KAM. However, they were not able to produce a County Business Agenda. Nonetheless this engagement, and the revenue laws project provided goodwill of KNCCI Vihiga with the VCG and because of these engagements the former CEO of KNCCI Vihiga was appointed to be the Vihiga County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industry, Tourism and Entrepreneurship.

The CECM for Trade, Industry, Tourism and Entrepreneurship has approached BAF seeking to engage with the KNCCI Vihiga to support the implementation of the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs) and the review of various policy instruments developed by the Trade and Agriculture departments in the VCG.

Subsequently, KNCCI Vihiga and the CECM Trade, Industry, Tourism and Entrepreneurship, as well as the CECM Agriculture have agreed to revitalise the Vihiga County Dialogue Forum. They have agreed to provide for adequate public participation through engaging stakeholders at both the county and sub county level.

KNCCI Vihiga now seeks to strengthen the dialogue platform between KNCCI Vihiga, and other BMOs in the county.