Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) North Rift Region has appointed Mr. William Ong’are as the new Regional Chair, for a two-year term, beginning January 2021.
Until his appointment, Mr. Ong’are of FANTEX (K) Ltd was the Regional Vice-Chair. He was actively involved in the Region’s activities, including engaging stakeholders (both at the National and County government) on matters manufacturing.
The incoming Chair will focus on engaging counties within the North Rift region and holding forums in other counties besides Uasin Gishu, including Trans Nzoia, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet. He further committed to concentrate on small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Region, especially in agro-processing industries.
Mr. Ong’are takes over from Mr. Bryan Cuthbert, who will continue to serve as an Ex-Officio of the Region’s Committee, playing an advisory role.
Mr. Cuthbert has been instrumental in representing the Region in various high-level meetings involving the President, the Cabinet Secretaries for Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development and Environment, among other senior government officials. He has also hosted the Danish Ambassador, the Indian High Commissioner, the Ugandan High Commissioner alongside Governors within the North Rift region.
Mr. Fred Magomere of Biocorn EPZ was appointed as the Regional Vice-Chair for a two-year term. The incoming Vice-Chair will take a lead role in matters, regulatory, legal and skills development in industries, especially Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) related projects.