manufacturers will visit China in April to learn ways of
enhancing technology, officials said on Wednesday.
Job Wanjohi, Head of Policy, Research and Advocacy at the Kenya
Association of Manufacturers (KAM) told Xinhua in Nairobi that a
delegation of manufacturers are set to participate in the
Beijing conference on investment and technology transfer.
“We hope to get knowledge on new technologies from Chinese
manufacturers that we can deploy in Kenya in order to improve
the competitiveness of our sector,” Wanjohi said on the
sidelines of the Pre-Budget Hearing for the 2018/2019 financial
year that was conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs.
KAM has prioritized 13 sectors in manufacturing ranging from
food, beverage and automotive sectors that will uplift the
Wanjohi said China has over the past three decades invested in
manufacturing innovations that have made the Asian nation the
most competitive source of industrial merchandise globally.
Wanjohi said Kenya’s manufacturing sector has stagnated at
around ten percent of Gross Domestic Product for the past
“The key challenge facing manufacturers is high cost of
production that has made imported goods to be competitive
locally,” he added.
The manufacturers lobby hopes to benefit from technology
transfer from their Chinese peers. “We will use Chinese
technology to convert locally available raw materials into goods
for export,” he added.