Katsükhrie Kesiezie, president NBAK addressing the 2nd general meeting of NBAK on June 9 at APO Hall, Kohima.
Kohima, June 10 (MExN): The Naga Business Association Kohima (NBAK) held its 2nd general meeting on June 9 at APO Hall, Kohima.
Jean Metha, joint secretary NBAK, who chaired the programme, highlighted the aims and objectives of the association and asserted that its formation was solely for the uplift and safeguard of the local entrepreneurs.
Meanwhile, Katsükhrie Kesiezie, president NBAK extended appreciation and gratitude to the different Naga political groups for respecting the association and exempting them from taxation. He also stated the drawbacks and loopholes within Naga entrepreneurship and reiterated “it is now the time for solution and action,” informed a press release from Medonguno M Chasie, NBAK Media Cell. Katsükhrie also appealed to the government for state-wise trade license and preference to the locals for main dealerships in the state.
Exhorting the members of the association, Theyie-o Solo, Advisor NBAK advised the entrepreneurs to channelize and practically visualize their trade and seek loan. He expressed concern for the state’s economy as all commodities are imported and encouraged the members to look beyond to ensure export as well. He further urged the entrepreneurs to help each other in site-findings, bank loans and any business related issues. Theyie-o also appealed the government to include a business representative in the price monitoring committee.
The house unanimously passed a resolution for the re-affirmation of one government-one tax, the release stated.
In the discussion hour, which was moderated by John Sekhose, treasurer NBAK, entrepreneurs from different streams shared their grievances and opinions and sought solution. “The discussion hour was emphasized because the business percentage of the Nagas remains very low even after a century of Kohima Township,” the release stated. In this light, the association requested all commercial land owners to give preference to local business.