Nyanza/Western Members Open Forum

Nyanza/Western chapter held its Members Open Forum in May 2017.

Speaking at the forum, KAM Chief Executive, Ms. Phyllis Wakiaga highlighting the Association’s three year Business Development Plan that sets to:

  • Drive industrial growth and push manufacturing sector contribution to 15% of GDP by 2019.
  • Support skills-based job creation agenda and increase manufacturing sector jobs by 33%.
  • Enhance market access for locally manufactured goods
  • Retain and recruiting a broad membership base
  • Ensure Operational Excellence by the KAM Secretariat

The CEO also highlighted Association’s advocacy work till May 2017 including:

KAM’s budget proposals (2017-2018) – The Government had adopted most of the proposals.

Plastic bags ban: On February 28th 2017, Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Natural Resources gazetted a notice banning the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags. The ban affects the following commercial and household plastic bags:

  • Carrier Bags – Bags constructed with handles, with or without gussets.
  • Flat Bags – Bags constructed without handles, and with or without gussets.

KAM is in consultation with the government agencies for clarity on the way forward. Ms. Wakiaga assured members of the secretariat’s commitment to environment protection and also noted that going forward Industry must think of other forms of packaging that are biodegradable.

Prompt Payment: The CEO also updated members on the secretariats efforts on prompt payment to ensure retailers paid for goods on time among other issues.

Speaking at the forum, Kenya Power Industrial Liaison Engineer Ms. Martha Cheruto explained members the need for creation of her office that was to ensure the Industry is better served giving customized service to individual challenges.

Kenya Power Regional Manager Eng. Dan Obiero highlighted their efforts to ensure the regions’ power supply is stable.

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