KAM CEO’s Brief | 26th January 2018

KAM partners with Danish industry to promote waste management

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with Confederation of Danish Industry and the Embassy of Denmark have today explored opportunities for a transition to a new plastics economy in Kenya.

Under the theme ‘Business and environmental opportunities for sustainable production and consumption of plastics in Kenya’, the forum sought to promote environmental friendly plastic consumption, as well as the economic potential of plastics in job and wealth creation.

Speaking during the forum, KAM Chairlady, Ms. Flora Mutahi noted that the need for environmental management is gaining momentum and awareness in the business sector in Kenya and the world at large.

Last year, KAM launched a PET sector group with the industry’s commitment to manage solid waste in the country as a global best-practice. The PET sector Group has partnered with the Government to kick off an advocacy and PET recycling initiative.

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Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa

Renewable Energy Solutions for Africa with the support of Africa EU-partnership hosted a regional conference to discuss the latest insights for the deployment of renewable energy solutions in Eastern African Countries

Speaking at the official opening of the forum, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary, Ms. Judi Wakhungu noted that it is important to incorporate renewable energy in our operations as it assists to sustain the environment.

KAM CEO, Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga speaking during a panel discussing ‘Integration of non-programmable renewable energy in the National Electric System of Kenya’, noted that there is need for government to quickly enact policies to create incentives for industry to invest in renewables. “Renewable energy technologies provide a more decentralized grid which will enhance stability especially in underserved areas such as the coastal and western regions,” added Ms Wakiaga.

27th Kenya Maritime Trade Facilitation

Kenya Association of Manufacturers participated in the 27th Kenya Maritime Authority trade facilitation workshop on 25th – 26th January 2018 in Nairobi.

The workshop aimed to raise awareness on:
  • Marine Cargo instance implementation in Kenya
  • Localisation of payment of ocean freight on imports/exports
  • SGR Services
  • Initiatives to enhance performance of the port
  • Implementation status of KRA’s iCMS

Speaking during the workshop, KAM Head of Membership Tobias Alando noted that the Kenya Maritime Authority has played a critical pivotal role in leading other Government agencies in taking cognizance of traders interests. The availability, cost structure and efficiency of the transportation services is of great significance in determining the economic growth of a country,” added Mr. Alando.

Similar workshops are planned to take place in March and May 2018 in Kisumu and Mombasa respectively.

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