Re­lief for traders as Nairobi rolls out uni­fied per­mit

The Star (Kenya) - - News Business - JULIUS OTIENO @juliu­so­tieno04

Busi­ness own­ers in Nairobi will no longer ap­ply for nu­mer­ous per­mits af­ter the county launched Uni­fied Busi­ness Per­mit. This gives a boost to in­vestors in the cap­i­tal who con­trib­ute about 60 per cent to na­tional wealth.

The uni­fied per­mit en­sures the traders ap­ply for one li­cence that cov­ers all op­er­a­tional re­quire­ments.

Pre­vi­ously, the traders were re­quired to make sep­a­rate ap­pli­ca­tions for sev­eral per­mits in­clud­ing fire, ad­ver­tis­ing sig­nage, fire clear­ance, health and food hy­giene cer­tifi­cates.

Dur­ing the launch, Gover­nor Evans Kidero said the new per­mit will ease the ways of do­ing busi­ness in the cap­i­tal to save time.

“This per­mit will re­duce cash han­dling by our staff and bring to an end ha­rass­ment of busi­ness peo­ple by un­scrupu­lous county in­spec­tors,” Kidero said.

He said res­i­dents will ap­ply for the uni­fied per­mit through an on­line pay­ment por­tal run by Jam­boPay. “It will take less than five min­utes to ap­ply for the per­mit,” the gover­nor said.

“There are many per­mits that the busi­ness peo­ple should have, but some of them do not know about them (per­mits). It is not their fault, that is why we de­cided to have a sin­gle per­mit,” said the city boss.

In the re­cent Ease of Do­ing Busi­ness re­port by World Bank Group’s In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion cov­er­ing 11 coun­ties, Nairobi was ranked the best in regis­tra­tion of prop­erty.

Last week, Deputy Gover­nor Jonathan Mueke said the method will en­sure busi­ness peo­ple are not ar­rested for late or non-pay­ments.

“It is some­thing pos­i­tive that res­i­dents should em­brace be­cause it goes a long way in im­prov­ing their lives,” Mueke said.

The deputy gover­nor, who was the brain be­hind the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the county’s e-pay­ment sys­tem, dis­missed re­ports that the county has lost rev­enue while us­ing the elec­tronic pay­ment plat­form.

The county has fully au­to­mated pay­ment of park­ing fee. City Hall’s rev­enue depart­ment said the sys­tem will in­crease re­turns by re­duc­ing in­stances where busi­nesses de­fault pay­ments for dif­fer­ent per­mits.

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