Opinion Pieces

Browse through educative and informative articles published by the KAM team

  • Tue, 10 Dec 2019
    Driving manufacturing excellence through skills development
    As more industries shift to automation and artificial intelligence, the demand for the right mix of skill, technical know-how and soft skills continues to rise.  Human capital development is central to employability and sustainable enterprise development within Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth. This is more so crucial in an era where automation is expected to reduce manual labour.
  • Tue, 03 Dec 2019
    Kenya needs a proactive approach on plastics
    Many predicaments in life can seem insurmountable, until human creativity and non-conventional approaches are applied. In Bijapur, India, citizens can trade in four plastic bottles for one cup of tea. In Rome, Ecuador, Istanbul and Indonesia, one can get bus tickets and free transport for trading in plastic bottles. A casual apparel chain in Tokyo has announced a partnership with a top factory to produce clothing made from recycled plastic bottles next year.
  • Tue, 12 Nov 2019
    Why local content is the answer to our economic downturn
    Our clarion call as local manufacturers on the importance of promoting local content to our country’s future has received yet another boost from the Government’s recent directive on making Casual Friday’s,  Made In Kenya Fridays.
  • Tue, 29 Oct 2019
    Why awareness is critical in the fight against illicit trade
    The challenge of global illicit trade networks is that they have an ever growing sophistication and a tenacity that many legal structures can only envy. These networks infiltrate many economies through various loopholes and in our own case, those loopholes have led to burgeoning cartels in different parts of the country, having an unfair advantage in the market. 
  • Tue, 01 Oct 2019
    Investing in circular economy is a sure way for sustainable growth
    Sustainable manufacturing is a key focus for many industries today as we drift towards Industry 4.0. In the past decades, manufacturing has been visualized as a mechanism to produce products for the large market without concern about the after effect of their products by the end consumer.
  • Tue, 24 Sep 2019
    A Progressive Finance Bill is great; but is it impactful?
    Customarily each year, the National Treasury presents its revenue sources and expenditure proposals through the budget statement to inform the development of the Finance Bill. In a few days the National Assembly will debate the Finance Bill 2019 before it is handed over to H.E. the President for his assent. This debate is the make or break point for the revenue measures proposed, to spur market growth and ensure a robust circulation of money in the economy. Hence this is a critical point at which we should analyze and interrogate whether the proposed measures will actually deliver economic prosperity for the country despite the good intentions behind their formulation.
  • Tue, 17 Sep 2019
    Collective action needed to fix wastewater today for a cleaner tomorrow
    With manufacturing being one of the pillars of the President’s Big Four Agenda – which aims to increase manufacturing’s contribution to GDP to 15 percent – the country is likely to see the accelerated establishment of new industrial facilities over the coming years.
  • Tue, 27 Aug 2019
    An effective census should inform strong economic policies
    As a critical national exercise, the on-going census should provide imperative data needed to formulate strong and long-lasting economic policies. Essentially, information gathered and documented from this exercise should enable us to come up with economic frameworks that outlast the typical 5-year election cycle.
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