Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) on 15 March 2017 stated that local manufacturers were not consulted on the ban of plastic bags following the ban to use, manufacture and import all plastic bags.
Manufacturers cited that the ban of plastics will negatively affect jobs and livelihood of Kenyans. “Currently, we have over 176 plastic manufacturing companies in Kenya which directly employ 2.89% of all Kenyan employees and indirectly employ over 60,000 people.” added Ms. Wakiaga.
KAM Chairlady, Ms. Flora Mutahi noted that the 6 month period provided for the ban to take full effect is inadequate, as the companies cannot close down production and clear their stocks within this period. “This country is not in a position to offer an alternative currently or in the next 6 months. We are however committed to responsible business practices which are geared towards environmental management and conservation and have in this regard been paying excise duty towards waste management for years, which unfortunately has not been applied to address plastic waste.” said Ms. Mutahi.
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Jumia unveiled the ‘Jumia Local’ program on 15th March 2017 that allows Kenyan manufacturers to showcase their ‘Made in Kenya’ products on its website to thousands of customers across the country thus encourage consumption and scalability.
This collaboration between local manufacturers and Jumia will see products under this arrangement featured more prominently on the main Jumia platform and promoted through the e-tailer’s marketing channels. Vendors joining the program will enjoy reduced commissions and receive round-the-clock training and support from Jumia’s vendor management team. Sellers can either store their products in Jumia warehouse or drop-ship once an order is made.
KAM Business Growth Programme for Growth Oriented Enterprises kicked off with a training on Business Strategy (first module) taking place on 15 – 16th March 2017 in Nairobi.
The Business Growth program (BGP) encourages established businesses to prepare for the growth, expansion and diversification of their current operation through a comprehensive and robust strategy and action plan.
The 7 module programme is spread over a period of 7 months and will cover Business Strategy, Product Design, Market Development and Penetration Strategy, Strategy Supply Chain Management, Financial Management, Human Resources Management and Good Manufacturing Practices.
For more information on the programme contact: Nduta.Ndirangu@kam.co.ke