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MSEA AND UNITED NATIONS DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS PARTNER TO LAUNCH THE MSME PROJECT IN KENYA

From right to left Mr. Clark Ke Liu from (UNDESA), Secretary Trade Dr. Bruno Linyiru, Senior Sustainable Development Officer UNDESA Mr. Frederich Soltau, CEO MSEA Mr. Henry Rithaa, UNDP Economic Advisor Hon. Bheke Bhembe and Portfolio Analyst-Inclusive Growth at the UNDP Julius Coredo during the MSME project launch

The Micro and Small Enterprises Authority and the Division for Sustainable Development Goals, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DSDG/DESA) have partnered to implement the project ‘Strengthening National Capacities for Enhancing Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) Resilience and Building Forward Better to Accelerate the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Kenya’ which is funded by the United Nations Peace and Development Fund (PDF).

Through its lifecycle, the MSME project will endeavor to strengthen capacities of policymakers and MSME entrepreneurs to build business climate conducive for MSME resilience that will contribute to accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals in Kenya.

Speaking during the launch, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, UNDESA, Mr. Frederich Soltau said, ‘Thanks to the support of MSEA, Government counterparts and stakeholder groups, in eight developing countries in Asia and Africa, the MSME project was officially approved by the PDF. MSEs in Kenya are fortunate to have a champion in MSEA to advocate for their development and sustainable growth.’

Mr. Frederich Soltau, Senior Sustainable Development Officer, UNDESA.

Following a demand-driven approach, the project will enhance capacity of policymakers to design and implement effective policy measures promoting MSME resilience. It will also improve capacities of MSME entrepreneurs to apply innovative approaches and technologies for enhancing management skills, competitiveness and raising product quality that will uphold MSME resilience to economic shocks and uncertainties

Speaking during the launch, Senior Advisor to the President on MSE Development Mrs. Anne Mutahi said, ‘There is room to develop a more elaborate legislative environment to comprehensively represent the complex MSE sector. Continuous skills improvement, access to affordable financing and market expansion are also necessary for MSEs to remain competitive particularly in this age of Africa Continental Free Trade Area.’

Speaking on behalf of the Principal Secretary State Department for Trade and Enterprise Development Ambassador Johnson Weru, Secretary Trade Dr. Bruno Linyiru said, ‘There is need to focus on transformation efforts to strengthen the MSE sector prospects in light of the rapid changes in our external operating environment. MSEs need to be capacity build in order to harness the benefits of technology advancements even as disruptions continue to occur in markets, innovating to meet new demands from consumers, adapting to changes in the workforce, and venturing into new markets.’

Secretary Trade Dr. Bruno Linyiru speaking during the launch

On his part, MSEA CEO Mr. Henry Rithaa said, ‘It is worth noting that most MSEs in Kenya operate in the agribusiness, manufacturing, trade and services sectors that are highly vulnerable to challenges brought forth by the Covid-19 pandemic and other external shocks. The MSME project will endeavor to enhance the capacity of MSME entrepreneurs to apply innovative approaches and technologies for enhancing management skills, competitiveness and raising product quality that will uphold their resilience to these economic shocks and uncertainties. We are grateful to UNDESA for their leadership in the development of the MSME project and we look forward to steering the implementation of this initiative in the country.’

Ms. Noreen Nthiga-Head of Programmes, Management and Development at the SME Advisory Unit

Other notable guests included Ms. Noreen Nthiga-Head of Programmes, Management and Development at the SME Advisory Unit, Mr. Christopher Njaraba-Deputy Director, State Department of Industrialization, Mr. Clark Ke Liu from UNDESA, Hon. Asteria Caberte-Assistant Secretary, Department of Trade and Industry in the Philippines, Dr. David Wanyama-UNDESA consultant, Mr. Darian Stibbe-Executive Director, The Partnership Initiative (TPI) Mr. Fundi Ngundi-National Investment Promotion Country Coordinator at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Hon. Bheke Bhembe-the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Economic Advisor, Ms. Rosemary Amondi-Regional Director East Africa Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), Kimathi Ikiao of the United Nations Resident Coordinator Office in Kenya, Dr. Judith Nguli, PHD, Senior Policy Analyst-Kenya Institute of Public Policy and Analysis, Mr. Titus Yegoh-Chief Disability Services Officer, Economic Empowerment Unit-National Council For Persons With Disability, Ms. Caroline Chebet-Head of Strategy and Planning, National Youth Council and Mr. Shadrack Mithika- Finance and Performance Monitoring Manager-Association of Microfinance Institutions

The project lasts from 2022 to 2024 and the MSEA is the Government counterpart of the MSME project in Kenya.