NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya’s manufacturers on Wednesday launched the
Manufacturing Priority Agenda (MAP)-2018 that aims to boost the
country’s industrial growth.
Kenya Association of
Manufacturers (KAM) chairlady Flora Mutahi told a media briefing
in Nairobi the agenda outlines the immediate actions that will
yield tangible results in the short term, and work towards goal
of achieving 15 percent contribution to Gross Domestic Product
(GDP) by 2020 from the sector, up from the current 9.2 percent.
“It will map out the
priority areas with a clear framework to engage the government
and other stakeholders to find practical solutions for the
industry,” Mutahi said.
The MPA 2018 themed,
“Sparking Kenya’s industrial transformation for job creation”,
contains priority areas that will be driven under five key
pillars which, if strengthened, will lead to a more competitive
environment and impactful economic gains for Kenya’s industrial
According to KAM,
the priority areas include, a competitive and level playing
field, export driven manufacturing, pro-industry policy and
institutional framework, government-driven small and
medium-sized enterprise development as well as securing the
future of manufacturing industry.
She said that the
MAP is the industry’s contribution in shaping policies and
regulatory frameworks that enable local businesses and trade
Mutahi noted that
the agenda seeks to catalyze the competitiveness of local
industry in order to enable local manufacturers to compete on an
KAM CEO Phyllis
Wakiaga said that in terms of contribution to employment, only
11.8 percent or 300,900 of total formal workforce were employed
in the manufacturing sector in 2016. “This is a clear indication
that the manufacturing sector in Kenya requires to be
reinvigorated,” she added.