Opinion Pieces

Browse through educative and informative articles published by the KAM team

  • Tue, 21 Sep 2021
    Spare Kenyans pain of inflation adjustment
    In less than a week, the price of some goods is set to increase, as Kenya Revenue (KRA) moves to implement inflation adjustment on specific rates of excise duty, beginning 1st of October. Some of these products include chocolate, bottled water, fruit juice, alcohol and cigarettes, among others.
  • Tue, 14 Sep 2021
    Anchoring Business Priorities on Sustainability
    In November this year, leaders from around the world will gather in Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference to explore ways that governments, the private sector, and global institutions can promote sustainable development. For me, the starting point is clear: Without a healthy planet, businesses cannot thrive. This puts Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations at the forefront of business decisions, supported by the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and increased awareness of the climate emergency. It is, therefore, a business imperative to adhere to frameworks, to sustainably exist in years to come
  • Tue, 31 Aug 2021
    Implement local content policies to steer growth
    For our country to be successful, and for us to recover post COVID-19, we need to be deliberate in promoting local content. This can be effectively done through the development and implementation of policies and guidelines that influence increased production, manufacture and sale of locally produced goods and services.
  • Sun, 29 Aug 2021
    Drastic action needed to mitigate climate change risks
    Climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying. These are the findings of this year’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Report released earlier this year.  The report further highlights that we are already witnessing these changes, through incidences such as a rise in sea levels, longer hot seasons, shorter cold periods, changes in rainfall patterns, heat waves in some regions as well as melting of snow, glaciers and ice, among others. 
  • Sun, 08 Aug 2021
    Government policies must support a flourishing local industry
    There is a sense of pride, for a country and its citizens, in attaining self-sustenance and economic independence. Central to this is a competitive local industry, producing goods for its domestic and export markets.  Since before independence, Kenya's manufacturing sector has continued to produce unique, authentic and high-quality products for local, regional and global markets. It is through these products that we have made a mark in the world, and risen into a regional beacon through job and wealth creation
  • Tue, 27 Jul 2021
    Ease regulatory burden for SMEs
    Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are creators and innovators, generating new ideas, and developing the most interesting concepts. They contribute to communities’ unique identities and are the lifeline of any country’s economy, through job creation and as a stepping stone to achieving shared prosperity.
  • Tue, 13 Jul 2021
    Why goodwill is essential for lucrative trade relations
    Local manufacturers led by Kenya Association of Manufacturers last week went on a trade mission to Tanzania, following the meeting between H.E. Uhuru Kenyatta and H.E. Samia Suluhu two months ago. The mission organized in partnership with the Confederation of Tanzania Industries yielded promise, hope and a positive turning point for the two countries. One thing stood out; trade relations between the two countries can flourish given sustained political goodwill and mutual understanding between businesses.
  • Wed, 30 Jun 2021
    High cost of inputs hurting steel sector
    The demand for steel is increasing in the country, as government-driven infrastructural development, and commercial and residential buildings surge.    Steel is a core piece of the modern economy. It is used as a paradigm to gauge the overall economic status of a country, as well as an indicator of the investments dedicated to infrastructure and subsequently, a measure of developmental progress and stability.
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