Fostering Kenya’s manufacturing sector

Left to Right: Mr. Mokogi, Prof. Imbuga, Dr. Mumenya and Dr. Moturi after the signing ceremony

A high synergy partnership that aims to foster Kenya’s manufacturing sector towards the realization of Vision 2030 has been formalized. Through the Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park (NITP), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture (JKUAT), Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) and Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI) are set to incubate to commercial level, a wide range of industrial and end user products.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Monday, August 26, 2013, KIRDI Board of Directors Chair, Dr S. Mumenya noted that the institution was ready to support enterprise development for value addition and technology transfer.

“The role of manufacturing sector in the achievement of the envisaged 10% yearly growth cannot be gainsaid. The Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park is therefore a timely intervention that must be actualized,” noted Dr. Mumenya.

KIE Director, Julius Mokogi said, technology is the driver of modern economies. Consequently, he reiterated that his institution is ready and committed to facilitate funding, incubation and technology transfer of the products from the NITP.

“The NITP will immensely add value to the country’s socio-economic and industrial agenda,” noted Mokogi, adding that through the park, Kenyans will get the requisite skills.

JKUAT Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga noted that the collaboration was coming at a time when the institution was actualizing the first Industrial and Technology Park in Kenya that aims to fast-track the growth of 1000 Small and Medium Enterprises over a period of ten years.

A section of the partnering teams during the MOU signing ceremony

“The NITP is ready for takeoff. This synergy will enhance our collective role in the achievement of Kenya’s Vision 2030, which recognizes SME Industrial Parks as important vehicles through which the country’s manufacturing sector can be fast-tracked,” averred Prof. Imbuga.

According to the Vice Chancellor, it is at the NITP that the University will be assembling personal computers and other electronic devices locally.

Among other areas, the park will also be instrumental in capacity building for innovators and researchers. It is the first medium flagship project of the Vision 2030, which equally prioritizes Agro-processing, Bio-technology and ICT among others.

The collaborating parties will further engage in staff exchange programmes, sharing of facilities and conceptualization and development of joint research projects.

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