By Sofia Ali
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has threatened the way of life for a large number of people globally. Many businesses worldwide have encountered losses which have threatened their operations and solvency, especially among smaller enterprises.
As different sectors continue counting losses, Kenyan tailors take the center stage in mass producing PPE’s that are locally manufactured to be used both local and international use.
Speaking during the factory visit in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary Minister of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives Betty Maina, applaud Kenyan business community for their resilience. “With Covid 19 we have seen loses in business but also an increase in other sectors like tailoring where we have engaged many manufactures in the production of PPE’s.” said CS
She further encouraged Kenyan business owners to more competitive in their pricing in order to encourage Kenyan to buy locally manufactured and produced products and reduce importation. “This means that we don’t have to import ‘Mitumba’ but encourage Kenyans to buy Kenyan clothes and other products.” She said.
Kenya Association of Manufacturers Board of Directors chairperson Sachen Gudka who accompanied the CS during the factory visit said that the manufacturing sector especially in tailoring continue creating job opportunities.
Manufacturing is the key sector in Kenya’s economic development, in both its contribution to national output and exports, and for job creation. And in order to boost the sector during these pandemic the government had to come up with measures to protect workers. “Some of the changes we have seen is the protocols that have been put in place to protect the work force, and also we have widen our scope by giving priority to production of products that we didn’t produce earlier like sanitizers and face masks and other PPE’s. We are now working with different brand owners. However we have seen a 15% decline in manufacturing, but we are hopeful.’ Said Gudka.
The touring the Skanem Interlabels Limited and Chrome Partners Limited at Industrial Area Nairobi on Thursday, 2nd July 2020.