Opinion Pieces

Browse through educative and informative articles published by the KAM team

  • Tue, 04 Feb 2020
    What we need to spur economic growth
    I was recently in a networking forum where a participant asked how we can fix our economy. The question is dominant on the minds of many running businesses in this country. Revitalizing our economy need not be a long and complicated task, it is quite easily achievable if we prioritize lowering the cost of doing business and driving competitiveness of local industries.
  • Tue, 28 Jan 2020
    The cost of doing business is becoming unbearable
    We are living in tough economic times. Businesses are struggling to stay afloat and the job market shrinks every day. Entrepreneurship and starting up businesses, in this difficult environment, is becoming a pipe dream for a lot of young people. The Government needs to wake up to these realities and start implementing urgent measures to salvage the situation.
  • Tue, 14 Jan 2020
    Why there is no money in the economy and what we can do about it
    A common phrase on the lips of many in the past year and as we begin a new decade especially when asked about business plans, holiday plans or short-term plans is that ‘There is no money’. The lack of money here refers to the slow rate of circulation of money in the economy or low liquidity. This phrase is not subjective nor is it the personal experience of a given few, but a collective anxiety on the overall state of the country’s economy and how this impacts lives now and in the future.
  • Thu, 19 Dec 2019
    Let us strive to increase women’s participation in industry
    For decades, the success of women in manufacturing has been mired by cultural perceptions of gender roles. But now, these old-fashioned attitudes are becoming obsolete and the true impact of women in industry is being realized.
  • Tue, 10 Dec 2019
    Driving manufacturing excellence through skills development
    As more industries shift to automation and artificial intelligence, the demand for the right mix of skill, technical know-how and soft skills continues to rise.  Human capital development is central to employability and sustainable enterprise development within Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth. This is more so crucial in an era where automation is expected to reduce manual labour.
  • Tue, 03 Dec 2019
    Kenya needs a proactive approach on plastics
    Many predicaments in life can seem insurmountable, until human creativity and non-conventional approaches are applied. In Bijapur, India, citizens can trade in four plastic bottles for one cup of tea. In Rome, Ecuador, Istanbul and Indonesia, one can get bus tickets and free transport for trading in plastic bottles. A casual apparel chain in Tokyo has announced a partnership with a top factory to produce clothing made from recycled plastic bottles next year.
  • Tue, 12 Nov 2019
    Why local content is the answer to our economic downturn
    Our clarion call as local manufacturers on the importance of promoting local content to our country’s future has received yet another boost from the Government’s recent directive on making Casual Friday’s,  Made In Kenya Fridays.
  • Tue, 29 Oct 2019
    Why awareness is critical in the fight against illicit trade
    The challenge of global illicit trade networks is that they have an ever growing sophistication and a tenacity that many legal structures can only envy. These networks infiltrate many economies through various loopholes and in our own case, those loopholes have led to burgeoning cartels in different parts of the country, having an unfair advantage in the market. 
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