The Principal Secretary, State Department of Industry and Investment, Mr. Julius Korir said that he is ready to work with manufacturers to improve their competitive advantage.
Speaking during the budget 2017/2018 proposal meeting held on 25th January 2017, Mr Korir reiterated his support for Kenya Association of Manufacturers adding that he will continue pushing for a conducive business environment. “The government is keen on procurement of local products. We need to develop a monitoring mechanism to ensure that government procures 40% or more of local products as indicated in the procurement law,” said Mr. Korir.
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KAM metal sector has named Mr. Bobby Johnson of Steel Makers Ltd as their new Chairman and Mr. Kaushik Pandit of Maisha Mabati/Devki Ltd as their Vice Chairman.
Speaking after his appointment, the incoming chair stated that his goal is to activate key Metal and Allied sub sectors to effectively lobby and advocate for manufacturers under the sector.
Mr. Johnson takes over from Mr. Kotni Rao of Blue Nile Wire Products/Blue Nile Rolling Mills three year tenure that successfully advocated for the protection of the local Metal and Allied through the introduction of duties and countervailing measures for the benefit of the local industries.
For more information contact: Tobias.Alando@kam.co.ke
Technical and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TVETA), in conjunction with the permanent working group on TVET hosted the hands on the future TVET conference and Kenya skills show 2017 in Nairobi.
The conference and skills show focused on building upon the successes of the technical and vocational education and training (TVET) sector in Kenya while strengthening collaboration among private sector, training institutions and government while addressing youth unemployment and the skills gap present in many sectors in Kenya.
KAM CEO, Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga stated that there is an increasing demand for skilled workers in industries in Kenya with demand for improved quality of goods and services that meet international investor standards. “Investing in TVETs is not just about providing a few opportunities for some, TVETs are the only sure way to secure the future of this country, guaranteeing long term productivity, economic sustainability and inclusive growth,” she added.
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Global Compact Kenya conducted a training on Communication On Progress (COP) Reporting for the new members on 26th January 2017.
The Communication in Progress is an annual report that discloses the progress made by companies on the implementation of the 10 UN Global Compact Principles on human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. It is among the commitments a company makes upon joining the Global Compact.
For more information contact: lilian.Gikandi@globalcompactkenya.org