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Athi River Chapter | July 2014

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KAM members on 22nd May 2014, together with the Machakos County Staff came together to make good the resolution to improve the environment within which they operate by planting trees. This initiative was informed by the agreement as members that we would look for alternative ways to engage with the County.  The trees were graciously donated by Athi River Mining (ARM) and East African Portland Cement EAPCC). A number of member companies joined in this initiative and together we managed to plant 1000 trees in the areas of Mlolongo, Athi River and Chumvi.

Many other members contributed in terms of merchandise and water for the participaints. In attendance, members represented included Heritage Foods, African cotton, Mabati Rolling Mills, East African Portlands Cement, Athi River Mining, Nation Group, Sanpac, Kapa Oil and London Distillres, to mention but a few.

During his speech, KAM Machakos Chair Gideon Aswani thanked members of the public as well as KAM members for participating in the exercise. He said that manufacturers had felt the need to help improve the environment within which they operate from since Mlolongo had grown in leaps since the inception of the KAM chapter as a neighbourhood association. He pointed out that the fact that the town had more buildings than trees called for immediate need for trees to be planted in order to green up the town. According to him, it was counterproductive for manufacturers to offer employment to a population that would suffer the effects of industrialization in a situation that could be helped by simply planting trees and nurturing the environment. He asked members to own such initiatives as they and their communities as well as children would be the man beneficiaries in the future. Mr Aswani thanked the Machakos Government for working with KAM and reiterated the need to further work together to ensure thatthe residents enjoyed the fruits of government working with corporate. Finally, the thanked the Machakos government for beautifying the highway. In closing, he urged everyone to plant a tree.

The Director of Image, Machakos county, Ms Diana Tarichia thanked KAM for the noble gesture as well as for the initiative. She said that it was through such initiatives that the government would be able to deliver its mandate to the people.

A spot check two weeks ago revealed that many of the tree survived are are watered by the County government. Members resolved to continue doing such work for the community.



Uasin Gishu County | July 2014

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>>County Government Focuses on Infrastructure Improvement

>>Traffic Congestion along Nairobi-Malaba Highway at the Eldoret CBD

County Government Focuses on Infrastructure Improvement

The County Government of Uasin Gishu has recently focused on developing and improving infrastructure within the County. On roads, over 900km of roads have been graded and murraming is being done. The roads in focus include; improvement of link roads that join the main highway. Completion of the Kapsoya road will also ease traffic congestion along the highway and the CBD. There has also been on-going improvement of street lighting and drainage works in Eldoret town alongside tendered for tarmacking of major streets in Eldoret town (64 St, Muliro and Gen. Kago). Furthermore the County Government has embarked on development of walkways for pedestrians along Iten Road and Uganda Road.

Apart from this, development of a new fire station has been tendered at Maili Nne to enhance rapid response by fire and the disaster management team within the region. The County has also focused on increased capacity in roads and survey divisions for efficient delivery of service.

Traffic Congestion on the rise within Eldoret Town

The Nairobi-Malaba Highway passes through the heart of the Central Business District of Uasin Gishu County. Traffic Congestion along Nairobi-Malaba Highway at the Eldoret CBD. Due to the reduced use of the railway line to Uganda, there has been an unprecedented upsurge in the volume of road traffic, particularly heavy haulage trucks passing through the town. The road network itself is an inheritance from the colonial period, coming with a narrow gauge. It is evident that the size of road cannot sustain the volume of traffic passing through the town; let alone the resident traffic that has also grown over the last decade. This congestion’s is compounded by the fact that there is encroachment resulting from construction on road reserves. This further constricts the space for road expansion. Under the County Integrated Development Plan (2013-2017), there are plans for development of a by-pass to divert transit traffic away from Eldoret CBD. Several inlets and outlets to the CBD will also be constructed for ease of traffic flow within the town.

Nakuru Chapter | July 2014

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Nakuru County in energy deal with GDC

Nakuru County Government and the Geothermal Development Company (GDC) have agreed to form a joint stakeholders committee that will look into all possible ways that energy generated by the firm can benefit the people of Nakuru.

This was after a daylong consultative meeting held 23rd July 2014 between the County Government, GDC and the Nakuru Business Community. 

Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua said the partnership will give great impetus to the development of Nakuru County and reiterated that the County stands to be immensely transformed into a major investment destination with enough potential to attract much needed investments from local businesses and from abroad.

“As a County we need to be proud of this resource that GDC has presented to us because of its uniqueness and ability to turn around this County in unimaginable ways,” said Governor Mbugua.

KAM Nakuru Chapter Chairman Rajen Shah will head the committee which will include at least three members from various groups, including the GDC, Nakuru County Executive, the county Assembly, and the Nakuru Business Community. 

Some of the issues to be addressed by the committee include:

Investments in the energy sector

Employment – directly and indirectly

Business opportunities creation

Tenders and local supplies

Development of industrial park

Exploitation of water resources from GDC

Governor Mbugua added that his government fully recognizes the role GDC will play in the County and assured stakeholders of full co-operation from all the relevant arms of the government.

“We as leaders recognize the efforts placed in achieving this feat and the progress made. There is a lot of potential for investments and we look forward to partnering with you in making this a reality,” he said.

Governor Mbugua was accompanied by the CEC in charge of Energy and Natural Resources Richard Rop and other County Executives and officers alongside Members of the County Assembly.

Governor Mbugua addressing stakeholders during the consultative meeting at Merica Hotel

GDC boss Dr. Silas Simiyu highlighted the key areas that the County stands to benefit including grain silos - drying of grains and cereals and other farm products including pyrethrum, green houses, chemical & medicinal plants processing such as Aloe Vera, dairy industry cooling plants, pasteurization and Recreation – hot bath/swimming pool, treatment of hides and skins, honey processing, cooking oils production among others.

He challenged the County leadership to invest in power generation to provide cheaper power for investors in Nakuru saying that was not the preserve of the National Government.

“Both the National and County Governments are mandated to generate and distribute power. It is up to the County Government to come up with legislation and bankable projects to generate power for own use and in this way provide cheaper power locally for investors,” said Dr. Simiyu.

He further indicated that once the Menengai Geothermal project is fully operational a lot of clean water will be available for potential investors to take advantage of. “We generate 8 tonnes of water per hour per megawatt, so by the time we are doing 5000mw we shall be producing a lot of water which could be used for irrigation and other uses,” he said.

Asked about the viability of transmitting energy to industries in far flung areas, Dr. Simiyu said steam could be transmitted within an area of 10km radius and hot water within 70km radius.

“Now that plans to create Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones are taking shape. We will be able to transmit as long as the industrial zones are in close proximity to our source,” he said.

GDC has successfully completed drilling 24 wells in Menengai with the current production capacity standing at 80 Mega Watts.

Central Chapter | July 2014

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Central Chapter holds AGM

The Central Kenya Chapter held its second AGM since the launch of the chapter on 26th June 2014 at the Thika Gymkhana. The well attended AGM was graced by KRA officials who sensitized members on the full roll out of the Single Customs Territory.

Chapter Chairman Rajan Shah of Capwell Industries gave a detailed report on the engagements and activities that the chapter had embarked in the past one year. These include among others engagements with the County Government, Kenya Power, security agencies and engagement with the National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA). 

 The following were elected to the chapter committee:

1.       Rajan Shah                             Chairman                              Capwell Industries Ltd

2.       David Percival                         Vice Chairman                         Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers

3.       Bimal Shah                             Treasurer                                Broadway Bakery Ltd

4.       Nimeet Dodhia                      Committee Member                   Spinners & Spinners Ltd

5.       Souvik Kamar                         Committee Member                  Booth Extrusions Ltd

6.       Stergios Gkaliamoutsas       Committee Member                  Delmonte Kenya Ltd

7.       Anup Bid                                 Committee Member                  Jetlak Foods Ltd

8.       Kranti Kumar                          Committee Member                  Blue Nile Ltd   

9.       Suhash Shah                           Committee Member                  Kenrub Ltd

Chapter members at the Thika Gymkhana during the AGM

After the AGM business was completed, KRA officials made a presentation on the full roll out of the Single Customs Territory (SCT) which commenced on 1st July 2014.The chapter is organizing to have the KRA officials engage more with members on the SCT. A session about the budget 2014 will also be conducted. The date and venue will be communicated.

Nyanza/Western Chapter | July 2014

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County in Sh4bn deal to end waste collection crisis

The Kisumu County Government has signed a Sh 4.5 billion garbage collection agreement with two foreign companies. The deal signed with the American-based Global Waste 2 Energy and the Integrated Basic Infrastructure System of the Netherlands will also help the county recycle its waste for energy.

City Manager Doris Ombara says Kisumu collects more than 473,000 metric tonnes of waste per day. Speaking during the signing of the contract on Friday, Ms Ombara said urgent measures are needed to help improve collection of garbage, which has become an eyesore.

She said that the cleaning and relocation process, which is expected to take 15 months, will be done once the deal is approved by both the national and county Governments.  “We will produce bio-fuels. We expect the approval process to take at least one month,” she said.

Kisumu Bio-Energy and Climate Change chief officer Lorna Omuodo said they intended to produce bio-fuels from the project. The current energy tariffs, she said, scare away potential investors.

“We, for instance, pay power bills similar to those of profit making organizations, yet the county government provides services to residents,” she said. “The project will assist the county produce about 200 megawatts of power daily, ” she added.

Kisumu is probably among the few cities in the region with dumpsites in the central business district, posing a health hazard to residents and inconveniencing businesses across the fence.

There have been concerns about the dumpsite by the Airports Authority, Kenya Wildlife Service, security agencies and the Moi Stadium management.

Lack of land and conflict of interest on the use of waste byproducts has hindered efforts to relocate the town’s dumpsite. Leaders and residents could not agree on an alternative site to dump the city waste.

Kisumu’s Mega City shopping mall, the largest in the town and housing a number of hotels and colleges, is affected by the uncontrolled dumping.

The recently upgraded Moi Stadium cannot host games because of the dumpsite with the stench affecting other neighboring Organizations, including Kisumu Polytechnic.

 The chairman of the Kisumu County Business Coalition, Mr. Israel Agina, said that urgent action needs to be taken by the minister in charge of environment to close the dumpsite permanently. “We cannot boast of a growing investment profile when our city cannot collect waste efficiently,” he said.

But Governor Jack Ranguma insists that the relocation of the dumpsite is part of the Kisumu Urban Project (KUP), which he said, envisaged a new plan for the lakeside city.

Coast Chapter | July 2014

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>> Salt sector holds multisector forum

>> Mombasa Traffic lights reinstalled

Coast Chapter

Salt sector holds multisector forum

The Salt sector held a multisector meeting in Kilifi attended by various stakeholders including Community Based organizations, the private sector and Government agencies,

Speaking during the meeting KAM Salt Sector officer Eunice Mwanyallo, mentioned that there is need to have dialogue between all parties so as to have peaceful co-existence and that Government participation is key in achieving this agenda.

The main objective of this forum is to enhance joint solution and greater collaboration among various stakeholders. I appreciate National and County Governments’ representation and we look forward to your support of monthly meetings in the next 12 months,” said Eunice. 

The stakeholders present were taken through details, of historical, injustices and how locals in the Coast regions were dispossessed of their land by subsequent Governments up to Independence by Eunice Adhiambo of Ujamaa.

“Injustice includes gross violation of human rights, environmental degradation, labour related issues as well as health issues,” said Eunice.

However it was noted that most of these injustices mentioned are yet to be proved due to lack of research. 

“There have been court cases both from the community as well as the salt companies, and this is not a viable solution since it creates bad blood between the two parties. We have to solve issues amicably with the future in mind,” added Adhiambo  .

Stakeholders present were briefed on the progress made since the time His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta visited the region and ordered for investigations on the circumstances on the ground  through the office of Regional Coordinator.

Stakeholders were informed that there is a need to reflect on the future since perpetrators of historical injustices may not be alive to resolve them; hence the newly commissioned Taskforce on Historical injustices should assist this process on issues of land.

Compliance by companies through the guidance of KAM will ensure global standards are met on human rights, environment preservation, labour and health issues.

Stakeholders were also urged to embrace conflict resolution through dialogue instead of the court process.

Speaking during the forum the Deputy County Commissioner Mr. Karani, said that the road to Robinson Island which was crucial to providing security to the beach population has been blocked by illegal salt harvesters. “It’s necessary to evict them from that particular road,” he said.

Mr. Godfrey Wafula of NEMA reported that dialogue enhancement through the office of the Regional coordinator has worked very well and salt companies have been advised on usage of alternative source of fuel instead of firewood. He further indicated that some of the salt companies have contracted some farmers to plant trees on their behalf.

 “Some companies have presented their Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) reports and were allowed to return water passage to its original course, this is very positive progress,” said Wafula.

Stakeholders from both sides agreed that any intention to expand should be preceded by submission EIA reports by all companies to NEMA. All applications for cutting trees will be submitted to Kenya Forest Service for approval.

Mombasa Traffic lights reinstalled

Mombasa County Government has restored traffic lights that had not been working for a long time. The rehabilitation of the traffic lights is one major achievement among the issues that key stakeholders had raised during the last Governors Round table, held in August 2013.

The areas that needed the traffic lights installed were Sasa Saba junction, Kingorani, and Buxton area.  The installation of the traffic lights has eased flow of traffic in the Central Business District and brought some sanity on the road.

Industrial Area Chapter | July 2014

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>>Makadara Sub-County holds Security Meeting 

>>Corrupt/Unprofessional County Workers reprimanded in Makadara Sub-County

>>Governor signs the Nairobi County Appropriation Bill Signed into law

Makadara Sub-County holds Security Meeting 

A meeting aimed at addressing insecurity in Makadara sub-county was held on Tuesday, July 22nd at Jimlizer Hotel in Buru Buru. Convened by the Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Mr. Suleiman Chege, who chairs the security committee and sponsored by Tourism Fund, the meeting was attended by senior security personnel including assistant County Commissioners, Mr. Nehemiah Lang’at, the OCPD Makadara, Mr. Richard Kerich, the OCPD Buru Buru, OCSs from all police stations in Makadara and inspectors.  Others in attendance were Makadara sub-county administrator Ms.  Catherine Gichuba, the DEO Ms. Lucy Ojoo and representatives from various membership organizations, including KAM.

The DCC in his speech emphasized the need for security in the sub-county as it is home to the country’s main manufacturing and economic hub. He pointed out that, in the last RRI period crime rate has dropped by 60% due to increased police presence and commitment to work by the officers. Due to limited resources, he urged residents and businesses to partner with his team to boost security, sentiments that were echoed by the sub-county administrator. G4s’ operations manager, who was also present, committed to work with the team to bolster security by offering the company’s patrol vehicles for use by private guards and armed police officers. Also speaking during the event, KAM’s Industrial Area chapter officer echoed the efforts by the police to apprehend criminals and eradicate criminal gangs, urging the team to identify some corrupt police officers who collude with criminals. A separate meeting targeting manufacturers will be held in August, date to be communicated.

Corrupt/Unprofessional County Workers reprimanded in Makadara Sub-County

Things will not be the same; that was the message the new Makadara Sub-County’s new administrator, Ms. Catherine Gichuba is sending to City County Officers in the sub-county. Noting that businesses are still harassed by county officials, rogue inspectors and rampant cases of corruption, she expressed her confidence that such vices will be thwarted. She promised to pursue various pending infrastructure challenges like sewerage which is currently being expanded by NWS, roads, among others. She was speaking during the Makadara sub-county security meeting.

Governor signs the Nairobi County Appropriation Bill Signed into law

The 2014/15 Nairobi County Finance Bill was signed into law by the Governor Dr. Evans Kidero. This Bill authorized the release of over Ksh 28 billion for the development and recurrent expenditure for the year 2014/2015. Development projects got the lion’s share of the amount as they were allocated Ksh 9.4 billion or 32.7% while Ksh 1.7 billion was channeled to the improvement of road and drainage systems and Ksh 960 million for street lighting. The County expects to receive Ksh 11 billion from the National Treasury as the rest of the amount is sourced from alternative revenue streams. The cost of single business permits and parking charges remain unchanged. For more about this, kindly contact us or check the Nairobi county website. 

Paunrana takes over as KAM Chairman

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Igathe hands over manufacturing leadership mantle to Paunrana

July 24, 2014, NAIROBI: 

The Board of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has elected Mr. Pradeep Paunrana as Chairman of  KAM a spokesperson of the Association has said. Mrs Flora Mutahi, takes over as Vice Chairlady.

Mr. Paunrana takes the reins from Mr. Polycarp Igathe who in his two-year tenure led KAM to new heights that include a professional, highly visible and financially stable institution with a state of art new building in Westlands Nairobi. Prior to this appointment Mr Paunrana served as Vice Chairman KAM. He is also the Chief Executive of Athi River Mining.

Mr. Igathe took over  the reins at KAM in 2012 from Mr. Jas Bedi, while he was still the Managing Director of of Haco Tiger brands before moving to head Vivo Energy Kenya. During his two year term, KAM achieved significant milestones such as lobbying government for adequate electricity, a process that will be completed by the end of 2016 and the industrial sector recorded a positive growth in real output of 4.8 per cent in 2013 compared to 3.2 per cent in 2012. He will remain an ex-officio member of the board.

“I am happy that the board has elected Mr. Paunrana as its chairman and Mrs Flora Mutahi as the vice chairman,” said Mr. Igathe, “I have worked with Mr. Paunrana for the last two years as my deputy and he is extremely dedicated to seeing the growth of the manufacturing sector in this country. I think KAM cannot be in better hands, he is an outstanding leader because he has a deep understanding of the issues in the industrial sector.” he added.

As the new chairman of the board of director at KAM, Mr. Pradeep Paunrana, has stated that his vision is the industrialisation of the country through the growth of SMEs, job creation and further expansion of the manufacturing sector. He has so far adopted a sector based approach by focusing on growing industrial sectors. Prior to his appointment he served in various committees of the KAM Board before becoming the vice chairman in 2012 when Igathe took over as the Chairman.

Other members of the 17 member Board include, Flora Mutahi, CEO of Melvins International, Helen Kimani of Kevian Kenya, Mucai Kunyiha of Coopers Kenya, Lutaf Kassam of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development, Sachen Gudka of Sankem Interlabels, Mahul Shah of Spinknit Limited, Palu Dhanani of Universal Corporation Limited, Bimal Kantaria of Elgon Chemicals, Bharat Shah of Kenafric Industries, Joseph Lithimbi of Associated Motor Vehicle Assemblers Limited, Marc Engel of Unilever Limited, Kaushik  Shah of Mabati Rolling Mills, Muhoho Kenyatta of Brookside Dairy, Stephen Brooks of homa Lime and Rajan Shah of Capwell Industries.


About Mr. Pradeep Paunrana

Pradeep is the Chairman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers. He is also the Chief Executive of Athi River Mining, a large cement manufacturing company in Kenya. 

In 2010, Pradeep was awarded the Africa Business Leader of Innovation in Washington DC by the Africa Investor Group. Pradeep has been invited to share his experiences in building businesses in Africa at  various international forums, industry conferences and business schools. 

Pradeep plays an active role in several policy and advocacy institutions, and has chaired and participated in government task forces in the energy, environment and agriculture sectors. He is a Trustee of the Tree Biotechnology Program, Chairman Nairobi National Park Greenline Trust, and actively champions several charities, including the Company's Rhino Cement Foundation, which makes social investments in education, health and environment - an innovative program empowering company employees to manage corporate social responsibility.

He holds a  MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. When not working, Pradeep enjoys birding, photography, cooking, family adventure holidays and golf.


About Flora Mutahi

Flora Mutahi is the founder and CEO of Melvin Marsh International Ltd with extensive local and international experience in strategic leadership, business development and market penetration and marketing. Proven ability to innovate, conceptualize and implement products and business solutions and to lead and mentor others to achieve company and personal goals.On a personal level Flora is married with three children. Flora holds an MBA from the University of Cape Town, BSc Finance and Accounts from the Uk and is a Certified Public Accountant. She also serves on the Board for Seed Hope.


KAM represents over 800 members drawn from the largest manufacturing sector in East Africa. The sector arguably contributes about a quarter of the country’s gross domestic product and employs over a million people are directly and indirectly in downstream activities.

For more information, please contact:

Paida Nyamakanga, Head of Corporate Communication.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers on 0717112767 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Manufacturing Barometer | Quarter 2

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KAM holds seminar on Single Customs Territory and New Export Procedures

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KAM members are attending the KAM-KRA Seminar at Panafric Hotel Nairobi today. The seminar was organised to review the Single Customs Territory and New Export Procedures.

Laikipia County holds GRT ahead of Investment Conference

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H. E Governor Joshua Irungu of Laikipia County meets KAM members at the Beisa Hotel where the Laikipia Governor's Roundtable 

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