Entrepreneurs urged to train in business management courses

The business community has been called upon to take advantage of the various training programmes available in the country to improve their business management.

The Principal Secretary State Department of Trade (PS), Dr. Chris Kiptoo said the government is concerned that inadequate basic skills in business management and entrepreneurship are a major drawback in the growth and development of the Medium Small Enterprises (MSEs) in the country.

He observed that the traditional approach to vocational and technical training has been unable to address the needs of entrepreneurs’ as it lacked linkages between training and the related operations.

Dr. Kiptoo said the integration of training programs into the country’s education system and exposure of potential MSE sector entrepreneurs to modern industrial and business management skills will perfect entrepreneurial skills amongst the business fraternity.

Potential MSE traders enter the sector ill prepared to effectively contribute to its success, while existing ones remain undeveloped in their operations, noted Dr. Kiptoo.

We are working with Technical and Vocational Educational Institutions and Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) to come up with a curriculum to train manpower for our retail sector, more so supermarkets, said Kiptoo.

The PS made the remarks at a Nairobi hotel on Wednesday in a speech read on his behalf by Samson Wangusi, Director of Administration, State Department of Trade during the Second Seminar on ‘Promoting Industrial Development in Kenya through Application of Japanese Management Excellence.

Japanese management excellence applied in Kenyan small and medium size enterprises was introduced in the country in August 2016 as one of the pre-events for Tokyo International Conference on African TICAD VI.

Dr. Kiptoo said for the sector to thrive all stakeholders need to promote innovation, incubation and business camps to enhance business uptake among MSEs.

He thanked Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for collaborating with the ministry through Kenya Institute of Business Training (KIBT) in the current project and previous ones in the country.

Ms. Keiko Sano, JICA’s Chief Representative in Kenya said her government is helping African small medium enterprises to flourish; a move she said will not only develop Africa but the global economy.

She said millions of young entrepreneurs in African countries need to be nurtured and urged governments, private sectors and international investors to assist them to grow.

Africa’s young people and SMEs are central to the stability of the world economy as the foundation of any long lasting venture in Africa depends on the continuous empowerment of regional SMEs and young entrepreneurs, she stressed.

Sano said the success of the Jubilee’s Big Four Agenda will have a greater impact on the livelihoods of the majority poor in the country.

Source: Kenya News Agency