Opinion Pieces

Browse through educative and informative articles published by the KAM team

  • Wed, 01 Mar 2023
    Why cosmetics sector can’t afford new taxes
    Most businesses start out as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the cosmetics industry is no exception. What stands out is that majority of cosmetic manufacturers are women who started their careers in the beauty industry. 
  • Fri, 17 Feb 2023
    Why we need a stable and predictable tax regime in Kenya
    The importance of predictable and stable policies in driving the realization of a country’s socio-economic goals cannot be over emphasized. One of the key elements on this front is taxation, which is fundamental for any Government raising revenue. It is through taxation that the Government works towards the efficient provision of public goods and services.  
  • Wed, 08 Feb 2023
    Proposed EGMS Tax hike threatens Kenya’s economic growth
    KRA’s proposed Excise Duty (Excise Goods Management System) (Amendment) Regulations, 2023, seek to increase the rates of excise stamp fees for bottled water, juices and any other non-alcoholic drinks, cosmetics, alcoholic beverages, tobacco and nicotine products and export products subject to excise with effect from 1st March 2023.
  • Fri, 16 Dec 2022
    Let’s tackle illicit trade head on
    The recent crackdown on various forms of illicit goods revealed the extent to which criminal networks have proliferated in our nation and posed a threat to the lives and safety of all citizens. The initiative has unearthed many illicit products, among them pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, and alcoholic products, as reported in the media.
  • Tue, 29 Nov 2022
    Reinvigorate textiles and apparel sector to create jobs
    This might surprise you, but Kenya is one of the global suppliers of big fashion brands in America. In fact, Kenya is the largest exporter of garments under the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) program. We pride ourselves on manufacturing for big names such as H&M, Levi's, JC Penny, Wrangler, and Otto, among others.
  • Tue, 22 Nov 2022
    Afforestation in Kenya today is a matter of life and death
    Never in the history of this country have we stood on the ledge as we do today. With the increasing negative consequences of climate change, including drought, flooding, rise in surface temperatures, famine and others, our short-term actions now will influence the direction the country takes for generations to come.
  • Tue, 15 Nov 2022
    Let’s make Kenya a sustainable agriculture powerhouse
    COP27, currently taking place in Egypt, is significant for many reasons, one being that this is the first time the conference has been held in Africa. Secondly, it calls for a collaborative effort to combat the adverse effects of climate change, with a clarion call for all to move from negotiations and planning to implementation.
  • Fri, 04 Nov 2022
    How manufacturing can contribute 20% to the GDP by 2030
    On 19th October 2022, His Excellency the President presided over a high-level manufacturing summit convened by the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM). During the event, all stakeholders present agreed that increasing value addition and enhancing production by driving manufacturing growth is a sure way of reviving Kenya’s economy, creating jobs and eradicating poverty.
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