Shops may soon be obliged to designate space for local products from Jua Kali industries and other small enterprises. This is a result for a push from leaders for legislation on the same.
Leaders, led by Uasin Gishu County Governor Jackson Mandago say the only way to support and strengthen the position of SMEs and Jua kali in the economy is through embracing local items.
This comes even as the national and county governments train their focus on imparting technical skills on the youth for strengthening of micro, small and medium enterprises as well as Jua Kali industries, for the success of manufacturing, which is among the Big Four Agendas.
The freshest outcome of this lobby is that leaders want supermarkets, shops and other outlets to allow showcasing of local products as a way to support domestic businesses.
“As the Governor, we shall take a proposal to our assembly to ensure that there’s a legislation that products made from this county get space and ate sold in our supermarkets,” said Mandago.
“Imported products from Europe, China and other countries have flooded our markets while products made locally in East Africa, are not given space and relevant marketing yet we are our own market,” he adds.
Also, the Governor says government offices should restrain from purchasing imported furniture, instead, they should procure from within East Africa as long as the same products needed can be made by Jua Kali industries.
The Governor and Senator Prof. Margaret Kamar also called for review of international policies as products from Kenya and East Africa are taken through rigorous checks and many at times they are rejected in the international markets, unfairly, as they said.
The Republic of Tanzania was celebrating their Independence Day, which coincided with their day at the ongoing Jua Kali Nguvu Kazi Exhibition in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County.
Tanzania’s Ambassador to Kenya Dr. Pindi Chana, her Ugandan counterpart, Phoebe Otaala, Principal Secretaries from East Africa Community member states, Kenyan government officials, Uasin Gishu CECs and other leaders were present.