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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Richard N. Muteti, Chairman of the COMESA Business Council SMEs Workgroup shares a panel discussion with Mr. Admassu Tadesse, PTA Bank President during the 9th COMESA Business Partnerships Forum and Regional Fair, 2014 21-22 February, 2014- Kinshasa, DRC.

under the sub topic of “THE PROMOTION OF MANUFACTURING SECTOR IN THE REGION”, the President of PTA Bank presented on “What you should know as a business when seeking trade financing to expand a company at a national and regional level”, SMEs look to banks to ease their financial constraints in terms of giving affordable loans to grow or expand their businesses. Manufacturing is not cheap. Added costs include the various requirements and standards a company must have , so as to access additional financing. Whilst companies let it be known that Africa is not a friendly financial environment, numerous regional and financial institutions have tailor made loaning facilities to cater for the needs of industries in the Africa. The presentation raised awareness on how and where to access such facilities.

Mr. Richard N. Muteti presented on “Practical interventions to address efficiency in SMEs”

Associations in the region have advocated for strong SME policy regulatory environment that can boost the growth of the industry. As COMESA, a core running theme has been to boost SME development through intra- trade. This presentation will addressed the constraints faced by the industry and practical solutions that can address trade promotion, financial accessibility, skills development and accessing potential markets

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SAT/SMES-EA, ARIPO, AU and ARSO Meeting on the sidelines of the 9th COMESA Business Partnerships Forum and Linkages Fair in DRC Congo 22nd,February 2014

The meeting discussed ways of promoting the development and growth of small Businesses in Africa and at the same time increase industrial competitiveness of the indigenous industries.
The discussion focused on the creation of a platform to revolutionize and modernize the SMEs Sector towards supporting the Continents social economic development agenda by creating jobs, generating wealth and attracting both local and foreign direct investments
Specific perceived Roles of the collaborating Partners would be;
v  Research and Development Institutions: technology, product design and development
v  ARSO: Standardization of parts and components
v  ARIPO: Protection of innovation and branding of products
v  CBC-SMEs/ SME Africa Trust: identification of SMEs entrepreneurs and products
The above discussion involved:-Mr. Richard N. Muteti, Chairman COMESA Business Council SMEs Workgroup and Chairman, SME Africa Trust, Mr. Fernando dos Santos, Director Genera Africa Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, Director, Department of Trade and Industry, African Union Commission and Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, Secretary General, African Organisation for Standardization.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Integrating Competitiveness for  supply and value chains in the COMESA Region
 The upcoming 9th COMESA Business Partnerships Forum and Linkages Fair will be hosted in the sidelines of the 17th COMESA Heads of State Summit. The event will be held from the 21st-22nd of February 2014, in Kinshasa DRC, under the theme: The Merger Between Business And Innovation; Integrating Competitiveness For Supply And Value Chains In The COMESA Region.
The event brings together the key manufacturing Associations, leading international, regional and national companies and the Small and Medium Enterprises from the 19 COMESA member ountries.  The focus for 9th COMESA Business Partnerships Forum and Fair will be promoting supply chain and value chain integration in the region, and harnessing innovation, technology for competitiveness. Issues for discussion include: 
·         Improving Efficiency through Regional Value Chains;
·         Innovation and Technology- leveraging technology for competitiveness;
·         Boosting Investment for Agriculture Sector;
·         Partnership for Profit and Competitiveness-Corporate Social Investment for Value;
·         Exploring Investment Opportunities for Pharmaceutical Manufacturing of Generic Drugs;  
·         Protecting authentic African Products and Dealing with Counterfeit and Parallel Imports.
 Various speakers from leading companies, private sector Associations, SME’s in the region have been invited to present and  lead oral discussions on the various topics. The intended outcome is to identify best practices, constraints and  propose solutions that will be used as advocacy positions on behalf of industry at the COMESA Summit; and also boost trade and private sector development.  

Richard N. Muteti
The Chairperson
COMESA Business Council SMEs Workgroup

Friday, January 3, 2014

Chairman of the East African Confederation of Informal Sector Organizations (EA-CISO), Mr. Bwatuti passes on in Mombasa, Kenya

Mr. James Bwatuti the late founder and chairman of both EA-CISO and the Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations died on 12th December 2013 in Mombasa after a short illness.

The Late Mr. Bwatuti is credited with leading an advocacy campaign throughout the East African region for the recognition and promotion of small businesses. The late Mr.  Bwatuti was buried at his rural home in Bogwendo Location in Nyamira County – Kenya on 23rd December 2013.
May God rest his Soul in Eternal peace.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Burundian MSE Artisans visits Kenya on an Exposure and training tour

MSE Stakeholder Brief:
Twenty two (22) Burundian MSE Artisans under the Confederation of Informal Sector Organization- Burundi Chapter visited Kenya between 28th October and 2nd November 2013 on an exposure and training mission.

The delegation included Artisans drawn from  the following sectors:
·         Sculpture
·         Painting
·         Leather
·         Furniture
·         Basketry and,
·         Metal Fabrication.

The Artisans were hosted by the Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations and were attached to various Primary MSE Associations across the country were they shared experiences and learned new  skills in their areas of interest.

The above is a joint initiative of the KCB Burundi, AHD and EA-CISO among other partners aimed at a regional exchange programme for the MSE Sector in the East African Region.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


MSE Stakeholders Brief:
Kenya will host the East African Community 14th Jua Kali (MSEs) Regional Exhibition between 1st and 8th December 2013 at the KICC COMESA Grounds.
At the 1st EAC Jua Kali/ Nguvu Kazi Steering Committee meeting held on the 14th  August 2013 in Nairobi, the Committee resolved that the participation of the Exhibitors shall  be distributed as follows:

Serial Number
Partner State
Number of Exhibitors
The United Republic of Tanzania
In the meeting attended by representatives from the five Partner States (Ministries Responsible for the MSE Sector), EAC Secretariat and CISO- East Africa Partner States Chairmen, it was agreed that a total of 1070 Exhibitors will showcase their products. These exhibitors will be drawn from all the five East African Partner States.

It is expected that the EAC  Partner States shall  constitute Country Organizing Committee to spearhead the preparations.
The members of EAC Steering Committee on the preparations of the 14th EAC Jua Kali/ Nguvu Kazi Exhibition paid a courtesy call to the Principle Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development on 23rd August 2013 at the Ministry’s Board Room. The main purpose of the courtesy call was to:
(i)                 Introduce the members of the EAC Steering Committee on the preparations of the 14th EAC Jua Kali/ Nguvu Kazi Exhibition,
(ii)              Inform him that Kenya will be hosting the exhibition, and
(iii)            Brief him on the outcome of the 1st EAC Steering Committee Meeting on the preparations of the exhibition

The Principal Secretary informed the meeting that the exhibition will be one of the curtain raisers for the Jubilee Celebrations on the 50th year Anniversary since Kenya gained its independence.
Richard N. Muteti, HSC
Chief Executive, Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations;
Regional Project Manager, East Africa Community Jua Kali / Nguvu Kazi Exhibitions
Chairman, COMESA Business Council SMEs Workgroup
Koinange Street, Cianda House Rm 220
P.O. Box 6101-00100 Nairobi Kenya
Phone: +254 722 528 273 +254 020 224 3283
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