KAM urges government to protect manufacturers from illicit trade ahead of Annual Manufacturing Expo

1/05/2019….The Kenya Association of Manufacturers Chief Executive Phylis Wakiaga has urged the Government to speed up legislation policies that protect local manufacturers from illicit trade to enhance both local and global competitiveness of the country’s products and services

Addressing the media during a tour of Skanem Interlabels factory which manufactures self-adhesive labels and labeling solutionahead of the 4day conference to promote local trade scheduled from this Wednesday 3rd April 2019 at Kasarani Stadium, the CEO said that manufacturing sector can only play a key role in the Big 4 Agenda if concerted efforts are put in place by all parties so as to boost the manufacturing contribution to the GDP from 8.4% to 15%.

“This sector has a lot of potential to grow immensely and create millions of jobs for the Kenyan youth thereby increasing the purchasing power of the country. However, to attain this we need to pay close attention to quality and diversity of locally manufactured goods made for local, regional and International market.

Sachen Gudka, the Managing Director of Skanem Interlabels and Chairman of the Association urged the government to create a more predictable and stable environment for the business to thrive and called on local manufacturers to partner and create solutions that will boost their competiveness and market access.

The Changamka Kenya Shopping Festival is a four-day event, which will be held from the 3rd – 6th April 2019, and will showcase the quality and diversity of locally manufactured goods made for local, regional and international markets.