Kenya needs to industrialize more – and at a faster pace. As part of Africa’s transformation from informal to formal businesses, we must strengthen women and youth's entrepreneurial and technical skills, access to technologies, business support services, advocacy, and self-help networks.
Kenya Association of Manufacturing (KAM) and UN Women today held a workshop themed STEP AHEAD – EMPOWERING WOMEN IN INDUSTRY. I was humbled and privileged to interact with young women in the manufacturing sector through my keynote address that offered practical solutions to women who are currently operating small businesses to scale up and increase their market reach as well as their quality of production.
While companies operating in cottage industries may remain small, they still have to compete with other firms, whether other cottage industries or larger-scale companies. This requires them to employ new technologies that will improve efficiency and productivity.
Apprenticeship is a social institution with a long history, having ensured over centuries the transmission of work skills from one generation to the next. Around the world apprenticeship continues to exist, often in a modernized form. In the face of global youth employment crises, large cohorts of unemployed youth and skills mismatches, many countries wish... Continue Reading →