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Saturday, April 4, 2015

Preparation for the second edition of The SME Handbook is underway

Preparation for the second edition of The SME Handbook is underway to facilitate small businesses Access to Services & Products

Lack of information on where to access business services and products by small businesses continues to be a major obstacle to their development and growth.

The second edition of the comprehensive SME Handbook aimed at addressing the critical need for information on service providers to the SME sector in Kenya is currently being developed. The Handbook is a project of the Small and Medium Enterprise Support, East Africa (SMES, EA) and is being produced and published in collaboration with several stakeholders from both the private and public sector in Kenya

The first edition of the SME Handbook was launched in September, 2011 by Hon. Chirau Ali Mwakwere, the then Minister for Trade. The Handbook received a lot of support from both the public and private sector and was adopted by the Ministry of Trade and key institutions, as a key reference publication in the Business Information Centers (BICs) situated across the country.

The second edition is being updated to reflect the current dynamics of the ever growing information needs of the small businesses sector in Kenya and will give special attention to the now devolved services from both the private and public sector.

The second edition is set for launch in the third quarter of 2015. It will be distributed through the various apex member organizations in the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Women and Young Entrepreneurs sector, national and county Government business information centers among other outlets.

SMEs, especially those located upcountry; have major problems accessing business services largely because there is little awareness of what the market is offering.

This is a serious handicap, and is hindering SMEs from seeking the services they desperately need to grow. This is despite the fact that a lot of organizations have been formed in the last few years specifically to address the business needs of SMEs. scant information about the market is also hindering SMEs from taking advantage of emerging opportunities.

SMES have been cited as one of the key sectors expected to drive the growth of the Kenyan economy, and are expected to provide the bulk of jobs for Kenyan youth as well as being the engine for economic development.

The initiative is headed by Mr. Richard N. Muteti who is the team leader and is managed by Lydia Gacari who is the project Director


For more information

The Team Leader,
The SME Handbook Secretariat

info@thesmehandbook.com

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

EA-CISO and EAC top leadership meets with Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta President of The Republic of Kenya, Chair of The Summit of Head of States of EAC and Patron of EA-CISO

The EAC regional leadership of the East African Confederation of Informal Sector Organizations (EA-CISO) accompanied by the EAC Chiefs met with the President of the republic of Kenya, H. E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta in his capacity as the Chair of The Summit of Head of States of EAC and Patron of EA-CISO ahead of the summit of the Heads of States of the EAC today the 17th February 2015 at the office of the president, Nairobi.

During the meeting, the EA-CISO leadership briefed the President on some of its achievements which includes:
  1. EA-CISO is currently one of the lead partners in the renowned East African Community Jua Kali /Nguvu Kazi Exhibitions that take place annually on a rotational basis in the region. In this cause, the EA-CISO works with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, in collaboration with the EAC Partner States.
  2. The Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi exhibition is the biggest single initiative in the EAC that brings many small business people together to promote and expand market opportunities, and encourage competitiveness and innovation in the sector.
3.       Since the inception of the Regional Jua Kali/ Nguvu Kazi Exhibitions, the initiative has enabled the following numbers of exhibitors access to the regional market which consists of more than 140 million people as follows:
Venue
Year
Tanzania
Kenya
Uganda
Rwanda
Burundi
TOTAL
Arusha
1999
41
47
46
0
0
134
Nairobi
2000
52
77
51
0
0
145
Nairobi
2001
85
135
30
0
0
250
Kampala
2002
79
137
123
0
0
339
D’Salaam
2003
207
145
94
0
0
446
Mombasa
2004
103
202
56
32
0
393
Kampala
2005
83
145
56
46
0
330
D’Salaam
2006
326
133
68
32
0
559
Nairobi
2007
156
224
80
50
0
510
Kigali
2008
204
284
123
66
10
742
Dar Es Salaam
2009
479
152
96
75
10
812
Kampala
2011
82
136
122
56
25
421
Bujumbura
2012
87
98
51
38
200
474
Nairobi
2013
271
319
61
55
40
746
Kigali
2014
120
158
95
400
100
873
Total Exhibitors exposed to the regional market to date
7174

  1. Has contributed in the widening and deepening cooperation and interaction among the partner states in: trade, social cultural exchanges, sciences and technology, among others.

  1. Has brought together many artisans and other Micro Small and Medium sized enterprises operators thus promoting trade and social bonds among themselves.

  1. Has provided unique opportunities for the artisans to sharpen and strengthen their capabilities and competitiveness as well as increase their productivity and potential for wealth and employment creation regionally.

  1. Has enhanced the EAC integration and the promotion of cross border trade.

  1. Has created awareness of the huge economic potential of Micro and Small Enterprises sector in the region.

  1. EA-CISO has promoted and facilitated exposure and training tours within the region as follows:
Between 28th October and 2nd November 2013, Twenty two (22) Burundian MSE Artisans under the Confederation of Informal Sector Organization- Burundi Chapter visited Kenya 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.
Among the recommendations of the meeting were;
1                                            that an institution be established dedicated to the development and promotion of the MSE Sector in the EAC region
2                                            that the proposed institution be cascaded in Partner States which will have linkages with the EAC Partner States in line with the MSE Authority in Kenya
3                                            need for the establishment of a one stop shop where EAC Partner State products are showcased within the Capitals and the border crossing points,
4                                            that each Partner States establish permanent standard exhibition grounds where the regional rotational MSE exhibition can be held
5                                            that the EAC should promote the apprenticeship training and certification of the Artisans and
6                                            the EAC should introduce a policy to promote the MSE Sector by insuring that each Partner State and the EAC Head Quarters do promote the buy east African build east African by procuring a minimum of 40% of goods and services from the MSE Sector among others

the EA-CISO delegation was led by the deputy Patron , Mr. Keli Kiilu, Secretary General, Mr.John Kihiu , the Treasurer General, Bbossa and the EAC Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Project Manager Mr. Richard Muteti among others while the EAC Secretariat delegation was led by the Secretary General, Dr. Richard Sezibera and the Director General (C & T) Mr. Kiguta.in attendance was the  Kenyan Cabinet Secretary responsible for EAC and her Permanent Secretary.



Wednesday, November 12, 2014

High Level public private dialogue on opportunities and challenges in the iron and steel industry value chains in the East African Community (EAC)



The EAC Secretariat has prioritized investment in iron and steel sector as a strategic value chain that can enable job creation and facilitate socio economic transformation in the region. In this regard it has commissioned a value chain study in order to generate comprehensive information on investment potentials in the sectors, identify policy and other regulatory constrains to the growth of the sectors and propose actions required to stimulate investment and development of the value chain.
To enable consultations in the investment opportunities identified in the study and the proposed policy interventions, the EAC Secretariat in collaboration with the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development and the Mining Associations organised a National dialogue among stakeholders in the public and private sectors that was held at the Laico Regency Hotel in Nairobi on the 11th November 2014.
During the dialogue, presentations were made by the private sector, key government officials, development partners and other stakeholders highlighting the strategic role of each stakeholder towards the realization of the study recommendations
The forum was attended by stakeholders drawn from the Private Sector, Government Policy makers, Development Partners, Academia, Financial Institutions and other stakeholders.
During the Forum, Mr. Richard N. Muteti, the CEO of the Kenya National Federation of Jua Kali Associations and Chairman of the COMESA Business Council SMEs Workgroup made a presentation on “Opportunities and Challenges in the development of Iron and Steel Metal Fabrication Sector”

Friday, October 24, 2014

CITI Bank holds the third edition of the CITI-Micro entrepreneurship Awards- 2014 in Kenya


City Bank in collaboration with the Association of Micro Finance Institutions (AMFI) today held the third edition of the CMA Awards at the Sarova Stanley in Nairobi, Kenya
Citi Micro entrepreneurship Awards program is to illustrate and promote the effective role that microfinance plays in poverty alleviation around the world. In particular, the program seeks to generate recognition for the extraordinary contributions that individual micro entrepreneurs have made to the economic sustainability of their families as well as their communities in 33countries.
The specific goals of the Citi Micro Entrepreneurship Awards program are:
1.       To raise awareness of microfinance, particularly among micro entrepreneurs who
Could benefit from it; to recognize and celebrate the contributions that micro entrepreneurs bring to the world economy; and to highlight best practices in micro entrepreneurship.
2.       To raise awareness and support of micro entrepreneurs by highlighting their talents and accomplishments among the investment and donor community throughout the world.
3.       To create the next generation of microfinance networks, build more inclusive financial sectors, and lay the foundation for a flourishing microfinance industry
The introduction of the CMA Awards Alumni Club was received with a lot of enthusiasm by the previous and current Awardees while participants came from across the country. There were 185 entrants for the third edition.
The Chief guest was Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u, the Governor of the central bank of Kenya while other invited guests included top officials from the Association of Micro Finance Institutions (AMFI) , Citi Bank, CMA Awards advisory council and other invited guests. Mr. Richard N. Muteti who is the Chairman of the COMESA Business Council SMEs Workgroup was a Council member and a Judge for the third Edition of the CMA Awards and he awarded the winners of the Women Rural/Urban category during the ceremony.