The Kenya Association of Manufacturers is urging the Government to speed up legislation policies that protect local manufacturers from illicit trade to enhance both local and global competitiveness of the country’s products and services.
Addressing the media Chief Executive Phylis Wakiaga said that manufacturing sector can only play a key role in the Big 4 Agenda if concerted efforts are put in place by all parties so as to boost the manufacturing contribution to the GDP from 8.4% to 15%.
She spoke during a tour of Skanem Interlabels factory which manufactures self-adhesive labels and labelling solution ahead of the 4day conference to promote local trade scheduled from this Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Kasarani Stadium.
“This sector has a lot of potential to grow immensely and create millions of jobs for the Kenyan youth thereby increasing the purchasing power of the country. However, to attain this we need to pay close attention to the quality and diversity of locally manufactured goods made for local, regional and International market” she said.
Sachem Gudka, the Managing Director of Skanem Inter labels and Chairman of the Association urged the government to create a more predictable and stable environment for the business to thrive and called on local manufacturers to partner and create solutions that will boost their competitiveness and market access.
The Changamka Kenya Shopping Festival is a four-day event, which will be held from the 3rd – 6th April 2019, and will showcase the quality and diversity of locally manufactured goods made for local, regional and international markets.