The Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) participated in the Jamhuri Day 2022 Tech and Innovation Forum, which was held at the Kenyatta International Convention Center from December 9th to 12th, 2022. The event was part of the week-long 2022 Jamhuri Day celebrations, which focused on technology and innovation as part of the government’s implementation of themed national holidays.

The forum was attended by the President of Kenya, Cabinet Secretaries, global tech leaders, and representatives from various government departments and agencies, as well as micro and small enterprises and its aim was to showcase the innovative products and services developed by Kenyans in various sectors. MSEA’s Director of Infrastructure Eng. Edward Karani represented the Authority in a panel discussion and spoke about MSEA’s mandate and the support to micro and small enterprises to spur innovation through the provision of machines and training.

Director Infrastructure Eng. Edward Karani speaking during a panel discussion at the Jamhuri Day 2022 Tech and Innovation Forum

MSEA also invited a number of MSEs from Nairobi to showcase and interact with other innovators. They included;

Bebe Beggie a business owned by Charles Oduk who developed smart storage e-lockers. The e-lockers provide a safe storage space for people moving around town, people at events for example weddings, for schools and also for online business owners who can use the storage space for drop off and pick up for there customers. The business has over 500 paying users and seven active prime locations in Nairobi that use the lockers.

Charles Oduk owner of Beba Beggie demonstrating how to use the lockers

Another MSE that was showcasing at the event was Daniel Muthaka of CM Oils and refineries which is based at MSEA’s Kariobangi Centre of Excellence. The company specializes in value addition of sunflower seeds to make cooking oil that is free from contaminants and pollutants. The process of extracting the oils begins with winnowing and continues via sieving/washing, pressing, filtering, and packing. The leftovers from the oil extraction are then used to make sunflower cake, which is then sold to farmers for use as cow fodder.

Daniel Muthaka of CM Oils showcasing his product to ICT Cabinet Secretary Eliud Owalo and other dignitaries who visited MSEA exhibition stand at Jamhuri Tech & Innovation Summit.

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