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