Opinion Pieces

Browse through educative and informative articles published by the KAM team

  • Tue, 24 Sep 2019
    A Progressive Finance Bill is great; but is it impactful?
    Customarily each year, the National Treasury presents its revenue sources and expenditure proposals through the budget statement to inform the development of the Finance Bill. In a few days the National Assembly will debate the Finance Bill 2019 before it is handed over to H.E. the President for his assent. This debate is the make or break point for the revenue measures proposed, to spur market growth and ensure a robust circulation of money in the economy. Hence this is a critical point at which we should analyze and interrogate whether the proposed measures will actually deliver economic prosperity for the country despite the good intentions behind their formulation.
  • Tue, 17 Sep 2019
    Collective action needed to fix wastewater today for a cleaner tomorrow
    With manufacturing being one of the pillars of the President’s Big Four Agenda – which aims to increase manufacturing’s contribution to GDP to 15 percent – the country is likely to see the accelerated establishment of new industrial facilities over the coming years.
  • Tue, 27 Aug 2019
    An effective census should inform strong economic policies
    As a critical national exercise, the on-going census should provide imperative data needed to formulate strong and long-lasting economic policies. Essentially, information gathered and documented from this exercise should enable us to come up with economic frameworks that outlast the typical 5-year election cycle.
  • Tue, 20 Aug 2019
    Incentivizing Waste Management is the way to go
    The need to invest in new avenues of social income has become the driving force for new inventions in waste management. Over the years, industry has been tasked with identifying solutions to manage the waste they produce as well as post-consumer waste. However, their efforts to establish sustainable waste management mechanisms have been challenged by, among others, lack of adequate consumer awareness, poor policy frameworks and lack of structured Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes.
  • Tue, 13 Aug 2019
    Strengthen Partnerships to meet the SDGs
    What do the Sustainable Development Goals aim to achieve? The world is ten years away from the deadline for achieving the 2030 Agenda — and yet we are not on the path to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are words on paper that need vitality, evidence, and political will to move toward becoming actions at the regional and national levels that will empower people and the planet to flourish.
  • Tue, 30 Jul 2019
    It’s time to capitalize on our export potential
    Pursuing export-led industrialization puts a country in a sustainable socio-economic development path. This was highlighted during the Source 21 COMESA International Trade Fair held two weeks ago, which saw government representatives from COMESA trade bloc showcase the need for opening up our markets, diversifying our manufactured goods and increasing our production capacity.
  • Tue, 16 Jul 2019
    Regional integration within EAC is a key driver of trade
    For years, trade has proven to be a key driver of economic growth for many countries across the globe. Trade has also been the fuel for driving regional integration for continents of the world. This could be the reason why Africa has, in the past few decades, experienced a proliferation of sub-regional agreements including the East African Community (EAC)
  • Tue, 09 Jul 2019
    Growing Manufacturing SMEs from Local Value Chains to Global Market Players
    The increased attention on SME growth both at a national and global scale, points to a reckoning that the future of business hinges on their success. In Kenya’s context, it seems that both Government and private sector are progressively dismantling any one-size-fits all approaches, and are instead, constantly trying to find more nuanced ways to intervene and uplift micro, small and medium businesses. This is demonstrated in some of the proposed measures in the recently read budget 2019/20, as well as, in new products and services specifically targeted for SMEs by various sectors.
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