Meet the New KAM Board
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.
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.
TREE PLANTING IN MACHAKOS COUNTY
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
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.
>>County Government Focuses on Infrastructure Improvement
>>Traffic Congestion along Nairobi-Malaba Highway at the Eldoret CBD
County Government Focuses on Infrastructure Improvement
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
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
County in energy deal
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
Business opportunities creation
Tenders and local supplies
Development of industrial park
Exploitation of water resources
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
“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 Kenya
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
Rajan Shah Chairman Capwell
David Percival Vice Chairman Kenya Vehicle
Bimal Shah Treasurer Broadway
Nimeet Dodhia Committee Member Spinners & Spinners Ltd
Souvik Kamar Committee Member Booth Extrusions Ltd
Stergios Gkaliamoutsas Committee Member Delmonte Kenya Ltd
Anup Bid Committee Member Jetlak Foods Ltd
Kranti Kumar Committee Member Blue Nile Ltd
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
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
“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
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.
>> Salt sector holds multisector forum
>> Mombasa Traffic lights reinstalled
Salt sector holds
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,”
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
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
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
“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
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
The areas that needed the traffic
lights installed were Saba 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
>>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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Kenya Association of Manufacturers on 0717112767
Click here for the Quarter 2 Manufacturing Barometer
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