This project was started by The Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development through the Government under the economic stimulus programme about 10 years ago. The CIDCs were constructed at the constituency level in order to provide common user facilities for Micro and Small Enterprises (MSE) and promote industrial development. The processes of operationalizing the facilities include equipping and developing technical capacity for beneficiaries.
As of this year, there are 158 CIDCs in different constituencies which the authority plans to operationalize in the long term. MSEA will be equipping at least 40 by the end of the first quarter and cumulatively 90 sites by the end of the financial year .These facilities utilize raw materials available in their area.
Despite the growth and benefits experienced from the CIDC’s, the centers are still faced with some challenges. One major challenge is the lack of adequately trained machine operators. Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) has mitigated this by training machine operators. The Authority targets to train around 300 operators by the end of this year across the country. The other challenge being faced is lack of awareness for the common user facility and the value that the MSE’s can get from them. The Authority is working to enhance its visibility through media and other platforms targeted at micro and small enterprises to utilize these facilities.
MSEA is also partnering with various stakeholders such as County Governments and other development partners one of them being the World Bank. These collaborations help to create visibility and enhance MSE capacity through programs such as (KYEOP) Kenya Youth Employment Opportunity Project’s (BPC) Business Plan Competition and (BDS) Business Development Service. Also through trade shows, exhibitions and more.