The Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) is working towards repositioning the Kariobangi Biashara Center of excellence, to support entrepreneurship growth for the small and medium enterprises.
The Chief Administrative Secretary Mr. David Osiany toured the manufacturing center on 10th May 2021 where he interacted with several small enterprise’s innovators stationed at the venue. Mr. Osiany pledged to support the growth of the center through publicity in various platforms to rally Kenyans to take advantage of the services offered in the center for MSEs to utilize.
The CAS said there is need to change the name ‘juakali’ to a more palatable title that will be receptive to young people joining the job market and change the perception of what the name ‘juakali’ means. He reiterated the Government’s focus on creating better working environment for the MSEs to support local production.
The purpose of creating the Kariobangi Centre of Excellence is to provide a modern centre for manufacturing, technical capacity building and learning riding on common user production concept to boost standard and quantity of production. The Kariobangi Centre of Excellence also hosts the Nairobi Biashara centre; a one-stop-shop for business development services.
The Biashara center is a one stop shop for enterprises seeking public services such as business registration, tax compliance, branding and financial support. The model has Government agencies offering these services are all under one roof to alleviate the administrative and logistical challenges of seeking these services in multiple locations.
Some of the Government Agencies stationed at the Biashara center include the Kenya Revenue Authority(KRA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KeBS), Kenya Industrial Property Institute(KIPI), Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI), Numerical machining Complex Limited among others.