NAIROBI, The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has launched a Policy Agenda for Industrialization to guide the incoming government after the Aug 8 general election on achieving the economic goals stated in their party manifestos by focusing their efforts on the manufacturing sector.
The agenda aims to centralize the economic agenda of the country in current and future political narratives, including the need to double the number of available jobs, to double exports, increase foreign exchange earnings and raise manufacturing’s share of the economy to to 15 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP) by 2020.
Speaking at the launch of the Policy Agenda here Wednesday, KAM Chairperson Flora Mutahi said the logic of the 10-point agenda is the kind of intervention needed to call attention to the potential that lies in the manufacturing sector.
She added that the document outlines quick, easily attainable actions which can be utilized by the government, Industry and other stakeholders to realize tangible results in inclusive growth and development in the next five years.
Some party manifestos have indeed taken into account our priority areas for industry. The agenda emphasizes the need to spur competitiveness; that should not be visualized in light of aiding industry to be more profitable as this perspective obscures the real long-term benefits of being competitive. Competitiveness ensures that our locally made products can compete both regionally and internationally, said Mutahi.
The launch was preceded by KAM’s meeting with various politicians including Raila Odinga from the main opposition alliance, NASA, ruling Jubilee Party Executive Director Winnie Guchu and Thirdway Alliance Party presidential candidate Dr Ekuru Aukot.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK