The micro and small enterprises (MSEs) commonly known as Jua Kali sectors in Kenya occupy a very strategic position in the country’s development. They have been identified as major contributors towards employment creation and wealth generation across all sectors of the economy. This sector is estimated to contribute overwhelmingly to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by employing nearly 80 per cent of the population. The CEO of Micro and Small Medium Enterprises Authority, Mr. Patrick Mwangi shares with StartUp Magazine of the birth and the ambitious journey of the Authority to provide effective synergies for the growth of micro and small entrepreneurs.
Over the years, successive governments have therefore supported growth and development of the sector by implementing targeted interventions and programmes aimed at making it more vibrant. Nonetheless, the full potential of the sector has not been realized as there have been several organizations attending to the Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) sector both in the public and private sector causing overlaps, duplication and confusion.