NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya aims to harness opportunities to be
provided by an upcoming regional expo for small and medium-sized
enterprises to promote locally manufactured products, a
government official said on Thursday.
Peter Munya, cabinet
secretary for trade, industry and cooperatives, said the Dec.
2-10 expo for small scale enterprises from East African
Community (EAC) member states will provide a platform for Kenya
to explore new markets for products manufactured by local
The six members of
the EAC are Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and
“This annual expo
will help our small and medium enterprises access the larger
eastern African market. Local manufacturers will be able to
raise visibility of their brands and link up with new buyers,”
“We regard this expo
as a perfect opportunity to grow our small and medium-sized
enterprises that are a backbone of this economy,” he added.
Kenya will host the
19th edition of the regional small-scale enterprises
expo in the North Rift town of Eldoret. It is expected to
attract about 1,500 exhibitors to showcase products ranging from
agro-chemicals, leather and textile to processed food and
preparations for the expo are in top gear to ensure that the
country reap maximum benefits from sale of locally manufactured
will expose our local products to consumers in neighboring
countries and help emerging cadre of investors understand the
regional market better,” said Munya.
He said the
government will prioritize skills development and adoption of
appropriate technologies to promote growth of local industries
and export earnings.
“We have the right
policies in place to grow small and medium-sized businesses and
are encouraging them to add value to their products in order to
make them competitive in the regional market,” said Munya.
governor of Uasin Gishu County, which will host the expo, said
it will help accelerate integration that is key to expanding
market access for Kenyan goods.
“The expo will
facilitate interactions among small business owners in the
region as they explore new markets for their products,” Mandago