New Biashara Center Mombasa offices opened housing MSMEs, KIE, KIRDI among others
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Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Coastal Region will now access government services following the opening of a new Biashara Center in Mombasa.

 Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development (MoITED) in collaboration with the Kenya Bureau of Standards(KEBS), enhance efficiency and ease of doing business in the Country.

That helps in eliminating logistical and regulatory difficulties caused by soliciting public services in multiple locations making the process long and tiresome.

“We understand the important role MSMEs will play in post-COVID -19 economic recovery and the urgent need to address barriers limiting the growth of MSMEs in the country.

"With the new Biashara Center, MSMEs can now access services from Public Institutions in the entrepreneurial ecosystem under one roof in a timely and effective manner,” KEBS Managing Director Bernard Njiraini said.

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

The centre will also give training on production, product certification and systems accreditation.

Other services include promoting, regulating, and developing MSMEs to boost growth in the sector.

Government agencies already set up at the centre 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.

Also found at the Centre include modern testing and calibration facilities equipped with testing laboratories including Food and Agriculture, Microbiology, Partial Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Instrumentation and Metrology to offer testing and calibration services to the Coast region customers as opposed to sending samples to Nairobi.

“The offices and laboratories that offer testing services are fully certified and compliant with ISO 17025 requirement for compliance assessment,” Njiraini added.

Currently, the 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 Tana River.

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