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Kenya to enhance lab productivity to boost competitiveness

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to enhance its labor productivity in order to boost the competitiveness of the industrial sector, a government official said on Wednesday.

Kevit Desai, the Principal Secretary of Vocational and Technical Training in the Ministry of Education, told journalists in Nairobi that Kenya has one of the lowest labor productivity index in the world and this has made the country a high cost manufacturing center.

“We are going to prioritize on improving the technical skills for the labor force so that we can produce globally competitive industrial products,” Desai said.

He said the low productivity rate is a huge concern which can be easily fixed with a robust technical skills system.

Desai added that industrialists have shied away from Kenya and moved to more competitive destinations in order to boost their returns.

The PS said technical and vocational training centers have in the past been neglected as the country focused on expansion of universities.

He said many nations have achieved industrialized status by increasing enrollment rate in technical institutions.

The Ministry of Education plans to increase the budgetary allocation to the technical training sector so that more Kenyans can benefit from the facilities.

He said technical skills help to improve labor productivity as workers are more innovative.

             

 

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