Chairman's Message - Justus A. Ewoi

The Turkana Chapter Chamber of Commerce and Industry has recently unveiled its three-year strategic plan (2023-2025) aimed at positioning Turkana County as a key business hub in Kenya. Located at the border of Uganda, Ethiopia, and Southern Sudan, Turkana County presents significant potential for cross-border trade. We believe that this plan will create a conducive environment for economic growth and development in the region. We look forward to working collaboratively with various stakeholders to achieve our shared vision of a thriving business community in Turkana County.

The strategic plan is based on several key documents, including the County Integrated Development Plan III (CIDP III), Turkana County Annual Development Plan (ADP), Kenya's Bottom-Up Development Agenda, Kenya Vision 2030, the Big 4 Agenda, Kalobeyei Integrated Socio-Economic. Development Plan II (KISEDP II), the Refugees Act of 2021, SHIRIKA plan, and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The plan also emphasizes the importance of integrating the socio-economic activities of both refugees and host communities to benefit the country.

We want to express our sincere gratitude to all the individuals, organizations, and institutions who have provided unwavering support and dedication to the development of the Strategic plan for the Turkana Chapter of the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry. We want to thank our partners for their contribution in developing this document, especially the Feed the Future USAID Kenya Livestock Market Systems Activity (LMS). Your support was invaluable in achieving our shared vision of expanding economic opportunities, strengthening institutions, and improving human capital. Thank you for your commitment and partnership.

We are pleased to express our sincere appreciation to Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) for their unwavering support to both the chamber and Turkana County. In addition, we would like to extend our gratitude to the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations (UN) agencies, particularly the Humanitarian and Development partners, for their invaluable contribution towards our shared goals. We want to acknowledge the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kenya (UNHCR), with whom we have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), for their continuous support to our shared vision of promoting economic growth and stability in the region. Their collaborative approach has been instrumental in building a more resilient and prosperous community.

We want to express our gratitude to Academia, the County Government of Turkana, local stakeholders, and the entire business community for their dedicated efforts towards achieving the set targets. We anticipate a successful implementation of our strategic plan over the next three years. We will work closely with our partners, including local businesses, refugee communities, Turkana County government, UN bodies, GIZ, UN-ILO, LMS, and others to adopt an inclusive and sustainable business model, enhancing self-reliance and socio-economic inclusion for all.