Siaya Deputy Governor His Excellency Dr. James Ouko Okumbe has presided over the signing ceremony of a Memorandum of understanding between the County Government of Siaya and the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Siaya Chapter on the publication, production and distribution of a monthly Siaya County newsletter.
He noted that the partnership is set to go a long way in sensitizing members of the public on the current various projects the County Government has undertaken while offering Siaya business owners a platform to market their wares thereby enhancing their sales.
He went on to encourage all business persons to take advantage of this opportunity and market their products and services through this medium.
“We seek to work closely with mainstream media and not in competition in order to offer members of the public a wide variety of information to their benefit”, noted the Deputy Governor.
“We welcome all other partners in the civil society and non-government organizations to work with us to inform the public of the various programs they are involved in within the County through this medium”, added Dr. Okumbe.
He further emphasized the significance of freedom of access to information as enshrined in the Constitution of Kenya 2010 and reiterated Siaya County Government’s commitment to furthering this freedom.
The newsletter will be produced and circulated across all corners of the county with the help of County ward and sub- county administrators and soon to be formed village councils hence offering business owners a vast market for their products.
As part of the arrangement, the chamber of commerce will mobilize business owners to buy space in the monthly publication in order to facilitate the costs used to produce copies to be distributed for free to the members of the public on a monthly basis.
The Siaya Chamber of Commerce County Executive Officer Michael Francis committed that the Chamber is also set to work with institutions such as schools, churches among others to access a wider population of Siaya County with information and advertisements.
Mrs. Roseline Amuga who chairs the Siaya Chapter of The Chamber of Commerce lauded the continued collaboration between the County Government and the Chamber while noting that business owners are separately co-operating with the County Government on the current Siaya town regeneration program that will see illegal businesses appropriately resettled to provide space for better town development.