, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 31 – The government has kicked off an initiative to encourage local motor vehicle assemblers to consider partnering with Small and Micro Enterprises (SME’s) as their preferred local content suppliers.
Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed says that partnerships between the SME sector and local assemblers will help create much needed jobs downstream.
“The government has kicked off plans to set up common manufacturing facilities for SMEs across the country with the aim of increasing their capacity to play a bigger role in the automotive sector,” he revealed.
He asked the local motor vehicle assemblers to facilitate the government’s employment expansion plans through collaborative and sub-contracted arrangements.
He said that the government will soon be hosting a stakeholders’ forum to seek a mutual avenue for the speedy resolution of the sector issues.
Government agencies including the Kenya Bureau of Standards and Numerical Machining Complex, he assured will be at hand to facilitate the necessary technical and related inputs.
“We are aware that standards, capacity and market access are major issues faced by the SME sector in the motor industry and the Kenya Bureau of Standards, Kenya Industrial Research Institute, Kenya Industrial Estates and the Numerical Machining complex will be at hand to aid in the journey towards achieving a world-class medium level manufacturing capacity,” Mohamed assured.
He implored major motor assemblers to enhance their efforts to integrate local content suppliers in the assembly value chain.