Opinion Pieces

Browse through educative and informative articles published by the KAM team

  • 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.
  • Tue, 02 Jul 2019
    Time to Raise the Bar on Climate Change
    Climate change is undoubtedly the defining issue of our time — and we are at a pivotal moment. The world today is facing unprecedented, interconnected environmental challenges. If we do not urgently change course, we risk missing our chance to avoid runaway climate change, with disastrous consequences for people and all the natural systems that sustain us.
  • Tue, 25 Jun 2019
    Let us boost our Plastics Recycling Industry
    The global conversation on plastic waste management continues to get heated by the day. United Nations Environment continues to encourage Africa countries to establish policies to curb plastic pollution and establish a plastic- free continent (unenvironment.org). On the other hand, industries continue to advocate for reuse and recycle of plastic waste. The end result in either case is environmental conservation, therefore, it is clear that leveraging on waste management will ensure that we all establish an effective circular economy.
  • Tue, 18 Jun 2019
    Effective Budget Implementation critical to jumpstarting the Manufacturing sector
    A sound national budget is one that supports other essential instruments of Government policy to turn ambitions and plans into reality. It catalyzes the quick delivery of targeted economic achievements to impact the country’s status both in the medium and long-term.
  • Thu, 06 Jun 2019
    Illicit Trade is a threat to our nationhood; we must tackle it head-on
    The recent move by Central Bank of Kenya to introduce the new generation currency notes and withdraw the older Kshs. 1000 from circulation by October 2019 has once again shone a spotlight on the grave subject of the illicit economy and the various avenues in which it thrives to support many criminal activities. 
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