20/11/2023: Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has today engaged Principal Secretary Charles Hinga on the affordable housing program and preferential procurement opportunities for the local industry.
During the discussions, PS Hinga noted that “The government is keen on replanning our cities and building affordable housing for Kenyans, as we seek to rejuvenate the economy. The Affordable housing program seeks to mitigate an existential housing risk in the country, by providing decent housing for Kenyans. My State Department is keen on working with local manufacturers in actualizing this program whose implementation will not only drive the growth of local manufacturing sector and the jua kali sector but also create jobs for Kenyans.” Among the key areas of deliberation include: – The need for a local sourcing framework that shall support the sourcing of building and construction products and accessories from Kenyan industries. – Prompt payment to address liquidity constraints that arise from delayed payments.
KAM Deputy Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy, Ms Miriam Bomett noted that the Association and its members are committed to working with the government in creating jobs and wealth for the country. As a way forward, the participants agreed to develop a framework for ensuring local sourcing.
The meeting brought together representatives from the State Department and KAM Sector Leaders under and Building, Mining and Construction Sector; Metal Sector; and Timber and Furniture Sector.