Kenya Association of Manufacturers launched this year’s Manufacturing Priority Agenda (MPA) 2017 on 30th January 2017 under the theme “Driving industrial transformation for job creation and inclusive economic growth”.
The MPA focuses on emerging public policy, a review of the current business environment and relevant regulations, as well as a vision to industrialize for the benefit of Kenya’s economy. The guide details the need for investment in technical skills, creating a nurturing environment for SMEs with a special emphasis on women and youth enterprises, and making Kenya an export hub thereby increasing the competitiveness for local business.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers launched its Business Growth Program (BGP) 2017 on 3rd February 2017. The program is geared towards uplifting Small and Medium Enterprises through providing them with access to markets, capacity building strategies for their growth and expansion, and support in advocacy for a more nurturing environment.
The Business Growth Programme will equip these enterprises with the required management systems and processes to secure their markets and thrive. It will further allow participants to develop their concrete business growth strategies, and formulate structures for implementation. BGP consists of seven modules including financial and human resource management, market design and strategic supply chain management, among others.
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An inter-agency intervention on counterfeits and other forms of illegal trade took place in Nyahururu and Nanyuki towns, Laikipia County on 1st and 2nd February 2017. The agencies among them Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Anti-Counterfeit Agency (ACA), Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) and others have engaged the business community in workshops that will sensitize distributors and consumers on how to combat the growing sophistication of the vice.
The two-day workshops is part of a series of a larger anti-counterfeit programme that is scheduled to be rolled out to major counties identified as hotspots of counterfeits/illicit goods in Kenya.
For more information contact: Joseph.Wairiuko@kam.co.ke
Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) conducted a Human rights audit on the salt companies on 9th to 14th January 2017 in Gongoni salt belt area, Kilifi. The audit was carried out to establish company compliance on issues of business and respect for human rights.
In July 2005, KNCHR carried out a public inquiry into allegations of human rights violations arising from the activities of salt manufacturing companies in Magarini Division of Malindi District as it then was, and released a report in 2006 with multiple recommendations. With reference to the above, Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) reached out to KNCHR to carry out an audit on the salt manufacturing companies as to the compliance of the recommendations set out in the 2006 report.
For more information contact: Anne.Muriithi@kam.co.ke
KAM participated in the policy planning workshop for the formulation of the Kiambu County Water Policy on 25th – 27th January 2017 in Machakos.
The planning workshop was organised by Kiambu County through the Department of Water, Environment and Natural Resources with the support and partnership of GIZ international Water and Stewardship Program (IWaSP) and Kenya Water and Sanitation Civil Society Network (KEWASNET).
For more information contact: Charles.Wanjohi@kam.co.ke
KAM held a seminar on implementation of the Local Marine Cargo Insurance (MCI) on 31st January 2017 and 2nd February 2017 in Nairobi and Mombasa respectively.
The Local Marine Cargo Insurance was effected on 1st January 2017 requiring imports to be covered locally with the aim of promoting local content and growing local insurance industry.
The sessions provided members with more information on the insurance in order to avoid challenges affecting the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector.
For more information contact: Jacinta.Mwau@kam.co.ke