Nairobi-based business lobby issues pre-election manifesto

Kenya is heading for general elections in August 2022. The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has published a manifesto to make politicians aware of its concerns.

The lobby organisation wants the future government to prioritise the creation of new quality jobs, reduce regulation, boost exports and attract investors. It also calls for a tax policy that serves these goals. The KAM argues that fixing these things will solve most of Kenya’s economic problems. It is no coincidence, of course, that a report prepared on behalf of Kenya’s current government and the World Bank addressed the same challenges that the KAM is highlighting (see main story).

Mucai Kunyiha, the KAM chairperson, says  that there is plenty of evidence to show that manufacturing has the ability to “grow incomes, reduce poverty and change the trajectory of nations”. Phyllis Wakiaga, the KAM chief executive adds: “The manifesto shall guide our engagements with aspiring political leaders, with a focus on economic policy challenges and the need to create a competitive manufacturing sector in Kenya.”

Alphonce Shiundu is a journalist and fact checker based in Nairobi.

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