KAM CEO’s Brief | 27th July 2018

Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Conference

Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) in partnership with the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum held a two-day clean energy conference from 26th July t0 28th July aimed at promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency in the country.

The conference, themed Catalysing Sustainable Renewable and Energy Efficiency in Kenya, highlights the achievements and challenges by industry on energy management and green growth policy initiatives.

Speaking at the conference, State Department of Energy Principal Secretary, Dr Eng. Joseph Njoroge reiterated the government’s commitment towards the production and use of clean energy in the country.

KAM Vice Chairman Mr Mucai Kunyiha noted that affordable and clean energy is key in the realization of the Big 4 Agenda.

KAM has been at the forefront of promoting a green economy through such initiatives as energy efficiency, water efficiency, waste management – PET plastic bottles and chemical wastes and green financing.

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KEBS to issue provisional Import Standardization Mark

Following the Association’s engagements with Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), importers will now be issued with a provisional Import Standardization Mark (ISM) bearing the UCR (Unique Consignment Reference Number).

This is an interim measure to build confidence to consumers on imported goods that have an impact on health, safety and environment, following the ongoing crackdown of illicit and substandard goods, and investigations on the secured ISM and the suspension of its printing.

KEBS shall issue the interim ISM upon the receipt of an application form (available on the KEBS website), accompanied by copies of the Certificate of Conformity (COC).

Features of the interim ISM

  • The interim ISM will be issued free of charge

  • The new ISM logos will be issued in PDF format through email

  • Importers will print the ISM logo and stick to the products imported with the particular COC/URC number

  • The interim ISM will be applicable until further notice

Additionally, KEBS and the National Standards Council,  in consultation with KAM and other stakeholders, have instituted the following interim measures to mitigate the presence of substandard goods in the market:

  1. 100% joint verification of goods on certain high risk consignments, especially consolidated goods consignments that have been the main avenues for substandard goods

  2. Enhanced market surveillance to remove substandard goods in the market

  3. Mandatory testing of products categorised as high-risk before release

Kindly find attached statement by the CS, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives on the ISM mark and quality of Sugar and other imported products.

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