Kenya seeks Japan technical know-how to improve business operations

Kenya seeks Japan technical know-how to improve business operations

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The Government of Kenya has asked the Government of Japan to help in the technical transfer of the philosophy and tools in management excellence accumulated in Japan over time.

During a Pre-TICAD VI Seminar in Nairobi on Wednesday Principal Secretary for Trade in Kenya Dr. Chris Kiptoo has said that this will help improve management practices in Kenya, especially the Small Medium Enterprises SMEs.

“The government of Kenya aims to join the Middle Income Countries by maintaining an average growth of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 10% in Kenya Vision 2030. In order to enhance the competitiveness in Africa, as well as promote economic development, it is critical for Kenya to develop SMEs and boost human resource development. This will result in the expansion of employment opportunity,’ said Dr. Kiptoo.

Mr. Takao Hayashi from the Japan International Co-operation Agency JICA Expert Team advised that the Japanese way of 5S and KAIZEN would ensure productivity in companies.

“This includes eliminating wastes and creating a more pleasant work environment to increase efficiency and productivity,’ said Hayashi during the Pre-TICAD seminar which was attended by 150 participants from both public and private sectors.

This unfolds as Kenya prepares to host the 6th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI) Summit at the Kenyatta International Convention Center KICC on the 27th to 28th August 2016.

This will be the first time TICAD is being held in Africa since its inception in 1993.

According to TICAD’s official website the decision to host TICAD VI Summit in Africa was reached during the TICAD V Summit in 2013 when it was agreed that the venue of subsequent TICAD Summits be alternated between Japan and Africa.

The interval of summit meetings was also shortened from every 5 years to 3 years.