Businesses urged to solve disputes outside courts


Nairobi, KENYA: The Ministry of Trade and industrialization has undertaken business reforms so as support small businesses by offering the chance of mediation to settle cases instead of litigation for cases in courts.

Speaking in Nairobi on Monday, Justice Elizabeth Tande said that businesses with cases in court can use mediation which will be provided by the state instead of dragging cases in court that takes longer and costs more to settle.

Trade Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohammed who was present in the event, said that this is one of the steps the Ministry is taking to reduce cost for Small and Medium Enterprises (SME).

“Other actions taken by the Ministry include connecting small businesses with electricity, introducing iTax for ease of filing returns and business permit digitization,” Mohammed said.

Mediation has proven to be effective in reducing court dockets and trials, thus being efficient, cost-effective option to litigation, which is a long process in settling a case.

These reforms, the Ministry says are aimed at providing a conducive working place for the growth of small businesses.