Counties should promote entrepreneurship

As counties try to find their feet in these early stages of devolution, there is need for the businesses to establish ways to engage county officials to solve issues that affect the business environment, productivity and competitiveness.

So far, very few county governments have had meetings with representatives of the private sector with the exception of a few governors, while in some counties, the county cabinets are not in place.

Economic development is not possible without the private sector. Businesses are the main actors in mobilizing and distributing wealth and resources in the county.

As the main consumers of services provided by the public sector, the private sector is also very keen on good service delivery.

Research has also shown that devolution is not a panacea to better service delivery which has been known to deteriorate in certain instances where devolution has been adopted.

This means that the business sector still needs to engage the county for better business conditions and county governments in turn need to be attentive to the private sector. However, it is imperative for the private sector to speak with a unified voice in order to be heard. Business membership Organisation (BMOs) are the vehicles for strategic advocacy.

Business associations are relevant to county governments because they keep an ear on the ground and bring in an authentic perspective of what it means to run a business in a given environment.

Since it is the role of any elected government official to get himself re-elected by growing the economy and creating jobs, it is important that business associations understand the role of each official in the county government before approaching them and presenting their agenda.

As counties try to find their feet in these early stages of devolution, there is need for the businesses to establish ways to engage county officials to solve issues that affect the business environment, productivity and competitiveness.

So far, very few county governments have had meetings with representatives of the private sector with the exception of a few governors, while in some counties, the county cabinets are not in place.

Economic development is not possible without the private sector. Businesses are the main actors in mobilizing and distributing wealth and resources in the county.

As the main consumers of services provided by the public sector, the private sector is also very keen on good service delivery.

Research has also shown that devolution is not a panacea to better service delivery which has been known to deteriorate in certain instances where devolution has been adopted.

This means that the business sector still needs to engage the county for better business conditions and county governments in turn need to be attentive to the private sector. However, it is imperative for the private sector to speak with a unified voice in order to be heard. Business membership Organisation (BMOs) are the vehicles for strategic advocacy.

Business associations are relevant to county governments because they keep an ear on the ground and bring in an authentic perspective of what it means to run a business in a given environment.

Since it is the role of any elected government official to get himself re-elected by growing the economy and creating jobs, it is important that business associations understand the role of each official in the county government before approaching them and presenting their agenda.