Stanbic's partnership with KNCCI is meant to empower MSMEs in Kenya. [Photo/ Arc Africa]
Stanbic's partnership with KNCCI is meant to empower MSMEs in Kenya. [Photo/ Arc Africa]

Stanbic Bank Kenya and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) have signed a partnership to provide financial and non-financial support to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that are members of KNCCI.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two entities was signed at the Busia Youth Polytechnic Ground on the sidelines of the Lake Region Economic Block Private Sector Forum. The event was graced by the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Hon Peter Munya, Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Ms. Betty Maina and Kakamega County Governor, Hon Wycliffe Oparanya, among other dignitaries.

Commenting on the MoU with KNCCI, Stanbic Bank Kenya, Head of Business and Commercial Clients, Ms. Florence Wanja noted that the partnership agreement plays an important role in reinforcing the bank’s commitment to empowering MSMEs in the region and across the country.

“Stanbic Bank Kenya has continued to play a major role in our country’s economic development, and this is in line with our purpose which is to drive Kenya’s growth. As an institution, we remain committed to solving holistic needs of our SME client segment and partnering for sustainable growth. SMEs contribute more than 30% of Kenya’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and create close to 50% of new jobs every year,” she stated.

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On his part, Silivanus Mbogo Abungu, Chairman Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry Busia, said the partnership with the bank is an endorsement to fruitful collaboration over the years which will be of great support to MSMEs in the region.

“As a chamber, our focus is on building a vibrant and prosperous business community in the region and across the country. We remain committed to empowering our members in all possible ways. The agreement with Stanbic bank will ensure they have an array of solutions in their enterprises,” he said while congratulating the bank on its recognition.

Besides the MoU signing, there were several panel discussions comprising of leaders drawn from various sectors.

Speaking in one of the panel discussions dubbed Partnerships, Funding and Financing to SMEs, Saccos and MSMEs, Ms. Wanja said the bank has consistently developed solutions to support MSMEs and other business across various sectors more so after the COVID-19 p******c which negatively impacted businesses across the country.

“We restructured loans and issued moratoriums to our customers incorporating repayment holidays. Out of the restructured loans worth Ksh 40billion, Ksh 3.1billion went to SMEs,” Ms. Wanja said.

“We restructured loans and issued moratoriums to our customers incorporating repayment holidays. Out of the restructured loans worth Ksh 40billion, Ksh 3.1billion went to SMEs,” Ms. Wanja said.

Stanbic bank has issued loans worth Ksh 844million to women entrepreneurs through the DADA proposition. The bank has also collaborated with the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development to launch the FutureNiDigital campaign that has successfully equipped 50,807 businesses and individuals with digital skills.

The bank has also partnered with the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) to provide small businesses with access to markets and affordable financing while exposing them to digital technologies through a j***t Ksh 1billion grant fund and have so far issued Ksh 33million to MSMEs, cooperatives and producer groups in Kenya to help them grow their businesses.

Other panelists in the discussion included Mr. Paul Russo, Managing Director National Bank of Kenya and the Group Regional Business Director, KCB Group Plc, Mr. George Ototo, Managing Director, KUSCCO, Mr. Lwanga Mbeche, CEO, Kimisitu Sacco, CPA Rodgers Mulemi, Regional Director, Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) and Ms. Betty Korir, CEO Credit Bank. The keynote address before the panel discussion was delivered by Mr. Oparanya while the session was moderated by Mr. Aleke Dondo, former MD Sidian Bank. After the Forum, there was an Award Gala Dinner which was hosted by KNCCI Busia to recognize organizations that are contributing to the growth of the country. During this event, Stanbic Bank was named Partnership Bank of the Year in recognition of its effort to engage the Busia Chapter of the chamber of commerce in seeking enablement of cross border trade of SMEs and MSMEs as well as trade within Busia County.

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