The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has launched a Manufacturing Priority Agenda (MPA) to create a sector that would enable local manufacturers compete favourably internationally.
The move is aimed at highlighting the need for predictable and stable industry policies that could be developed through industry consultations and linked to the wider national policy making process in order to promote the sector.
The move would also see creation of more jobs for the youth as well as increased wealth creation in the country.
Speaking on Wednesday during the launch at a Nairobi hotel, the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperative (CS), Adan Mohammed underscored the importance of the manufacturing sector, noting that it has a large impact to the economy.
The manufacturing sector is key as it is a link to the health, housing and clothing pillars, therefore, we need to unpack the agenda in order to transform the sector, said Mohammed.
The KAM Chief Executive Officer , Phyllis Wakiaga said that there is a need for a competitive and level playing field for local manufacturing and growth of Small Medium Enterprise (SME) which can be achieved through economic and non-economic policies.
The MPA outlines the immediate action that will yield tangible results in the short term and work towards the industry’s goals which will catalyze the competitiveness of local industry manufacturers, she said
She added that the agenda would prioritize the protection of local infant industries in order to drive creativity and innovation, thereby, creating sustainable and productive jobs.
The KAM Chairlady, Flora Mutahi said the manufacturing sector is the muscle behind productive employment and opportunities for wealth generation.
We are keen to see manufacturing centralized in our national vision towards creating an inclusive political economy. The sector should dominate discussions on nation building, equal distribution of resources and poverty alleviation, said Mutahi
She said that the priority areas would be driven under five key pillars which included Competitiveness and Level playing field, Export driven manufacturing, Pro-industry policy and institutional framework, Government driven SMEs development and Securing the future of manufacturing industry.
Source: Kenya News Agency