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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS FOR MSES EMPOWERMENT IN KENYA

Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) has been actively forging strategic partnerships and fostering collaborations that will propel the growth and empowerment of MSEs across the nation.

Following the event at Egerton University, where MSEA DG represented the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Co-operatives and MSMEs Development Hon. Simon Chelugui as the Chief Guest at the official opening of the 5th National forum for Universities, TVETs and Agricultural stakeholders held at Egerton University Njoro, a delegation from the University initiated a courtesy call to the Director General, setting the stage for potential collaboration. Eminent representatives from the University, namely Prof. Paul Kimurto and Prof. Charles Merimba, highlighted the promising avenues for collaboration in skill and knowledge enhancement for students, and preparing innovative student ventures for the market by imparting training on patents and standardization.

The DG proposed that through the partnership, an Incubation Hub can be established at the University tailored to Youth and Women MSEs, effectively acting as a development center rooted in industry best practices. This collaboration holds immense promise, as MSEs can gain access to the University’s infrastructure and research centers while working on the commercialization of their products.

Furthermore, MSEA’s commitment to facilitating market linkages to trade fairs and exhibitions adds a vibrant dimension to this partnership, fueling the growth of youth-led MSEs.

MSEA Management team meeting with Delegation from Egerton University.

Partnerships towards sustainable procurement opportunities for MSMEs

Another pivotal moment in efforts towards empowering MSEs was illuminated by a fruitful collaboration meeting with the UNOPS Kenya Partnerships Directorate. A delegation from UNOPS, a key player in global procurement, engaged in a courtesy call with the Director General of MSEA to explore collaborative avenues in the upcoming UP Forum in Kenya.

With the UP Forum poised to unite Government representatives, MSMEs, and UN organizations, the shared objective of leveraging sustainable procurement to boost local MSEs and advance economic growth takes center stage. This partnership not only bolsters the procurement opportunities for MSMEs but also emphasizes the inclusion of vulnerable groups, creating a pathway for a more equitable economic landscape.

MSEA DG, Mr. Rithaa and Senior management, with the team from the UNOPS Kenya Partnerships Directorate.

Another remarkable stride was the consultative meeting between the MSEA management team, led by the MSEA DG, Mr. Henry Rithaa, convened with representatives from the Samburu County Government and USAID Nawiri programme. The primary focus of this deliberation was to identify and harness potential collaborative opportunities that could uplift MSE support within the Samburu County.

The discussions encapsulated a wide array of strategic areas, ranging from formalizing MSEs, nurturing product development to establishing vital market linkages. A critical emphasis was also placed on providing common user machines, and augmenting the livestock and leather value chain.

Representatives from the Samburu County Government and USAID Nawiri programme

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