Opinion Pieces

Browse through educative and informative articles published by the KAM team

  • Wed, 10 Jun 2020
    Our economic recovery is anchored on saving lives and securing livelihoods
    In a report on COVID-19 and the world of work the International Labour Organization (ILO) highlights that protection of workers and their families from the risk of infection should be a top priority for all economies at this time.
  • Mon, 08 Jun 2020
    Ease liquidity for businesses now to attain a strong rebound
    81% of local manufacturers have stated that they are hopeful that they will hold steady through the pandemic and continue to play their role in creating wealth and productive jobs for all citizens. This is according to a study conducted by Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and KPMG on the impact of COVID-19 on the manufacturing sector.
  • Wed, 27 May 2020
    Why Industry 4.0 is essential for our rebound strategy
    Before COVID-19, the world was positioning itself for the 4th Industrial Revolution. Industry 4.0 is now more pertinent than ever before, due to the impact of the crisis. Previous industrial revolutions were inspired by the need to fulfil upcoming needs - mass production and high-speed, and bulk movement of people and goods. The necessity for these drove people to imagine, inspire and innovate. This led to mechanized processes in various fields, including agriculture, transport and manufacturing.
  • Tue, 19 May 2020
    How do we prioritize and insure innovation in Kenya
    It is human nature to build when in crisis. In the past few weeks, we have seen manufacturers shift their assembly lines from the manufacture of usual products to begin to manufacture Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and ventilators approved by the Kenya Bureau of Standard (KEBS), as a quick response to the pandemic. This has shown that Kenya has no shortage of innovative minds, a trait that we are well aware of as a nation.
  • Tue, 28 Apr 2020
    It’s paramount to secure industry amid crisis
    A country that is able to cushion its economy and guard its labour force during a crisis presents a benchmark for many other economies to emulate. A crisis may manifest itself in various forms including; financial, health, social or technological. These have the ability to influence the economic growth of any country and trickle down on the security of its workforce.
  • Tue, 21 Apr 2020
    What we need to do to ensure stability post-COVID 19
    Where will we be in the next six months? One year? What will we be doing differently post-COVID 19 and how do we thrive? The COVID-19 pandemic has forcefully disrupted our normal way of life. These changes will stay with us for a long time to come and we must adapt swiftly.
  • Tue, 14 Apr 2020
    Home-grown solutions are key for sustainable development
    Necessity is the mother of all inventions. We are witnessing an increase in innovations as the world races to  develop a vaccine to treat COVID-19. Many law enforcement agencies across the globe, for instance, are turning to Artificial Intelligence and related technologies for support in unique and innovative ways including surveillance and detection capabilities. Spain started using drones to patrol and enforce quarantine and to broadcast audio messages to the public, encouraging them to stay at home.
  • Mon, 06 Apr 2020
    Proposed Tax Amendments will aggravate COVID-19’s impact on the economy
    On 25th March President Uhuru Kenyatta announced a raft of measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and directed the National Treasury to take steps to implement them as a matter of urgency. The measures themselves as announced by the President were well received in all quarters, with the only question being the extent to which they would mitigate the economic pain that is sure to come. But the message was clear – steps need to be taken to cushion the private sector in the wake of what is now clearly going to be the largest economic shock of the last 100 years.
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