First Year Achievements of Jubilee Government

1. Industrialization Road Map

The Ministry prepared and approved the Country's first ever comprehensive industrialization road map. The road map has taken on board key policy recommendations of the Jubilee Manifesto. The priority areas are:

  • Grow critical sectors where we have scale such Tea, Flowers, Coffee and Horticulture
  • Leverage natural advantages to create competitive sectors that include: Textiles and cotton; Leather; Agro-processing; Beef; and Fishing
  • Build local industry to support resource and infrastructure investments in areas such as Oil; Minerals; Infrastructure (e.g. steel); and Geothermal
  • Transform government industry including Pan Paper Mills; Sugar; Coffee; Coconut/ cashew; Livestock and Pyrethrum
  • Enhance non-industrial job creating sectors in ICT; Retail and wholesale trade; and Tourism
  • Improve the ease of doing business
  • Support sectors for growth: skills, infrastructure (Special Economic Zones, Free Trade Zones), and finance
  • Unlock the potential of SMEs
  • Develop a compelling FDI attraction plan

These priority areas are expected to support the country's development agenda through the creation of jobs and attracting the local and foreign investments


2. Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

The Ministry expects to finalize the SEZ Policy and Bill before June 2014. The Bill will govern the establishment and operation of all special economic zones in the country. Land identification is on-going for 3 sites in Mombasa, Lamu and Kisumu. The Master Planning for Dongo Kundu Free Port in Mombasa has started with the support from Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

3. Free Trade Zone (FTZ)

The Cabinet approved the establishment of Kenya's first Free Trade Zone (FTZ).An expression of interest for the development has been advertised and evaluation will be done and award for development shortly thereafter.

4. Micro & Small Enterprises Authority

The Ministry has facilitated the operationalization of the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority that will help grow the SME sector and support Entrepreneurship that is a major sector in creating jobs.

5. Buy Kenya Build Kenya Policy Initiative

The Ministry is finalizing the Buy Kenya and Build Kenya Policy that will ensure that all government agencies promote local production by buying Kenyan products and thus promote the manufacturing sector. Terms of reference for the development of the policy have been formulated and a technical committee chaired by Kenya Association of Manufacturers formed with oversight by the Ministry

6. Ease of Doing Business

The Ministry is championing reforms to improve the ease of doing business climate for investors. The goal is to improve Kenya's ranking in ease of doing business rankings going forward. To this end, work is already on-going and results will be evident in the next 24 months where we expect the country's ranking to improve drastically.

7. Enterprise Development

188 Constituency Industrial Development Centres (CIDCs) are being operationalized in partnership with the Medium and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI), the cooperative movement, development partners and County Governments, with the aim of industrializing the rural areas as a way to attaining a nationally integrated industrial value chain.

Several trainings, using the model of the International Labour Organization/Youth Enterprise Program (ILO/YEP) programme, were carried out by Ministry on how to start and Improve Your Business (SIYB).

8. Pilot Soya Bean Processing Plants

To stem the import of Soya Beans that are used in the production of edible oils and production of soya milk, pilot soya plants have been operationalized in Kisumu, Migori and Bungoma with support from UNIDO. The Kisumu pilot plant is processing Soya Milk while the Migori and Bungoma plants are processing Soya Flour and by-products. Plans are underway to upscale the operations of these plants.

9. One Village One Product (OVOP)

Through OVOP programme, the ministry has been able to support 155 Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) with a total membership of 11,039 members to improve their businesses in honey, dairy, fruit and vegetables, flour and confectionery, herbal soap and lotions. Training in business management was undertaken and the MSEs linked to local and export markets through exhibitions and an OVOP website.

One Village One Product (OVOP)

10. Disability, Youth and Women Empowerment

The Ministry created an internship programme for youth whereby 53 youth have benefited from the program. Out of the Kshs. 1.56 billion that had been pledged under the public procurement reservation and preference program, more than Kshs. 0.5 billion has been awarded to date.

11. 20th Edition of the Conference of African Union Ministers of Industry (CAMI-20)

The Ministry successfully coordinated the hosting of the CAMI-20 from 10th to 14th June 2013 which gave prominence to Kenya's Industrial sector to the African agenda culminating into the Nairobi declaration. The declaration highlighted the need to focus on accelerated African industrialization in the post-2015 development agenda. > Visit Website

20th Edition of the Conference of African Union Ministers of Industry (CAMI-20)

12. Jua Kali Nguvu Kazi Exhibition

The Ministry in collaboration with the Kenya's Micro and Small Enterprises Authority, and East African Community Secretariat successfully hosted the 14th East African Community Jua Kali/ Nguvu Kazi MSEs exhibition from 8th to 15th December 2013 in Nairobi at the Railways Club Grounds. Over 1,000 MSEs from Kenya, Burundi, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda showcased their products and innovations. The exhibition was one of the curtain raisers for the Kenya @50 Celebrations.

13. Value addition in cooperatives

The Ministry facilitated establishment of 11 coffee milling plants to promote value addition and enhance earnings to farmers. Through these initiatives, Coffee Cooperative Societies are exporting about 150,000 bags worth Kshs. 3 billion.

In addition, pilot projects on value addition in Potato; Banana; and Honey were initiative. Farmers were mobilized to establish irrigation projects in Kitui and Machakos counties; and rehabilitation of irrigation system and restocking of animals in Godana Cooperative.

14. Reviving failed Industries

The Ministry is in the process of reviving struggling industries across the country. Progress in resolving the receivership at Panpaper Mills in Webuye is at an advanced stage.

15. Other Policies

The ministry has formulated the following policies;

a) The Scrap Metal Bill
b) Special Economic Zones Bill


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