Thursday, 30th November 2023, Mombasa. Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has today kicked off the 3rd edition of Mombasa Changamka Shopping Festival, with calls on Kenyans to take advantage of the festival and shop for quality products at discounted prices. The festival will run from today, 30th November to 2nd December 2023 at Oshwal Centre.
The festival brings together Kenyan manufacturers and other stakeholders within the sector and gives them an opportunity to showcase locally made products as well as sell to their customers directly. Additionally, it brings together local manufacturers to showcase high-quality Made in Kenya products, in line with the Buy Kenya Build Kenya Strategy. The strategy was formulated to address the gap in the consumption of locally manufactured goods compared to imported products.
While addressing the ceremony, the Governor of Mombasa County, H.E. Abdullswamad Sherriff Nassir, appreciated the opportunity to visit and see first-hand the work manufacturers do.
“I am particularly impressed by the quality of products we produce locally and the amount of employment opportunities that we create through local manufacturing. I pledge support to help create more employment in the county by finding ways to help manage the escalating cost of doing business. I call on Mombasa residents to visit Oshwal Centre, Mwembe Tayari Road in large numbers to take advantage of the offers during this year’s edition.”
KAM Coast Regional Chair, Mr Abdallah Athman, expressed gratitude for the support from the Government and other stakeholders, in the quest to push the Buy Kenya Build Kenya agenda, to promote our competitiveness and productivity.
“The festival aims at promoting Buy Kenya Build Kenya and showcasing the high-quality products produced not only in Coast Region but across the country. We call on Kenyans to embrace the consumption of local products, as it instills in all Kenyans a sense of ownership and pride in making Kenya’s economy. We also urge the government to reduce the county rates to reduce the cost of doing business as this will drive the competitiveness of local industries,” expounded Mr Athman.
KAM has been at the forefront of pushing for the consumption of locally manufactured goods and breaking the long-standing myth that local products are more expensive as compared to those that are imported. Through initiatives such as Changamka Festival, KAM hopes to boost production among manufacturers and spur Kenya’s economic growth.