1. The key objective of establishing county business development centers is to promote inclusive economic growth and job creation through supporting the implementation of MSE programs and activities of the MTP II in alignment with County Integrated Development Plans as well as county level and sector specific needs and priorities.
2. Key target beneficiaries are established micro and small enterprises, with support structures for women and youth, and aspiring entrepreneurs and MSE associations and/or small-holder communities. Other beneficiaries include medium sized and large enterprises engaged in inclusive business approaches or value chain development programs driving backward – forward market linkages, local business development service providers and financial institutions.
3. The key activities and services of the county business development centers will be provided through a public-private partnership contract whereby the implementing agency sources the management of the centers to private sector operator that will adhere to the following objectives:
(i) Provide Business Development & Membership Services: Services shall be demand-driven and tailored to county needs and development priorities. It is important that centers seek synergies between existing and future support programs targeting or related to MSEs, and compliment or scale them up where gaps and needs have been identified and prioritized (see more on Table 1).
(ii) Promote Partnerships and Build Networks: Centers shall build partnerships and execute public-private partnership development programs that create backward-forward linkages and markets for MSEs to grow at the county, national and regional levels, and enhance their access to capacity building, technology transfer, finance, value chain development initiatives, innovations and industrial development programs including for example industrial clusters, special economic zones and industry parks.
(iii) Awareness Creation: Centers will provide input on MSE sector needs and challenges to County level Steering Committees that are able to further feed these to the National High-level Advisory Board responsible for advocating legally binding policies and regulations conducive for MSE development in Kenya. They will also create local awareness on MSE sector needs and current situation through active communications and media relationship building.