Prior to the launch of the first ever Biashara Centre in Marsabit County headquarters on 23/06/2016, over 50 Youths from Marsabit Mountain ward are undergoing a three day workshop regarding the facility that will be beneficial to especially Youths and Women.

According to the county department of Trade, Industry and Enterprise Development Chief Officer, Mr. Muma Arbelle, the training that began on Thursday which was organized by the county government with the support of UNDP is aimed at empowering Youths by imparting/instilling business knowledge and skills.

Arbelle said that the mandate of the business centre on which Youths training is based include; business skills development, market linkages, one stop centre for business services, ICT hub and entrepreneurial growth leadership.

The department’s Chief Officer revealed that, of the 47 counties in Kenya, Marsabit is the third county to have established Biashara Centre after Kwale and Kilifi.

Arbelle reiterated that Youths and Women will be the first beneficiaries of the centre whereby they will be given an opportune time to maximize on the advantage of research, innovation, business undertakings, adding that a UNDP consultant will be based at the centre for two months after which local consultant takes over.

The department’s Assistant director Jirm Halakhe Mamo said that, to empower Youths within the county, so far over 850 Youths from 16 wards out of 20 wards of Marsabit have benefitted from entrepreneurship youth empowerment training in the four sub counties of Marsabit.

Mamo added that, Youths from other four wards remaining will receive similar lessons soon.

With the support of UNDP, Marsabit will soon be Dubai of Africa and thus Youths needed to work towards that, Mamo educated the training participants.

Saku sub county administrator Abdo Alla advised Youths to marshal their effort tirelessly in business activities, adding that it’s the way to worthy living unlike formal employment that is based on monthly pay.

The Marsabit Biashara Centre will officially be launched on 23/06/2016 by H. E the Governor of Marsabit Ambassador UKur Yatani and UNDP teams.

By Boru Molmolla-the Marsabit county communication

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