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Kenya TechnoPark Project – Empowering Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) through Digital Transformation.

A delegation from the International Trade Centre and the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA) held a meeting to discuss areas areas of partnership on the Kenya TechnoPark project. The project aims to support the growth of the manufacturing sector by facilitating the digital transformation of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs).

The Kenyan Government, in collaboration with the International Trade Centre and the Ministry of SMEs and Startups of the Republic of Korea (MSS), will actively engage in this project design.

The key pillars of the proposed project are as follows:

  1. Improving Business Ecosystem: Focusing on MSEs’ digitalization, innovation, and technology adoption.
  2. Increasing Local Capacities: Enhancing capabilities for digital transformation within the local context.
  3. Encouraging Digital Transition: Boosting the number of MSEs embracing digital technologies.
  4. Improving Access: Enhancing access to both technology and finance.

MSEA, with its extensive network reaching the base of the economic pyramid, plays a crucial role in the project. Acting as a key player, MSEA will provide hubs for digital training, utilizing resources such as Constituency Industrial Development Centers as Digital hubs. Additionally, MSEA will train MSEs to ensure effective participation.

The discussions were led by Engineer Edward Karani (MSEA) and Leonardo Aizpura, Team Lead on SME Performance from the International Trade Centre. This collaborative effort holds great promise for advancing digitalization and innovation within the MSE sector in Kenya.

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