Kieni MP Kanini Kega flanked by Chief Administrative Secretary Lawrence Karanja, PS Amb. Johnson Weru and County Commissioner Layford Kibaara address the youth and jua kali artisans at the proposed Mweiga MSE worksite to be constructed and equipped at a cost of Ksh 10 million.
24th August, 2020
By Public Communications Unit
The Government has set aside funds to train youth countrywide on business skills that will enable them become more financially independent to help curb the rising rate of unemployment.
The Principal Secretary for Trade and Enterprise Development Amb. Johnson Weru said over the weekend that the Government will offer free training for the youth currently engaged in the Kazi Mtaani Inititative, and advised them to liaise with their local leaders on identifying suitable training facilities where specialized personnel from the Kenya Institute for Business Training (KIBT) can impart the skills to them.
Amb. Weru said it was important that the youth are taught how to engage in profitable business so that they can in turn create employment for other people at the grassroots level. He said empowering the youth to embrace value-addition in their micro and small scale enterprises will lead to improved products that can easily sell in local and international markets.
The PS said the youth will also be sensitized on export protocols that will see them improve on farm production in adherence with stipulated guidelines of the international markets.
He made the remarks during a tour of Constituency Industrial Development Centre (CIDC) and Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE) worksite projects in Mweiga, Chaka and Naro Moru areas of Kieni Constituency in Nyeri County where he accompanied the Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development Mr Lawrence Karanja. The two were flanked by the area MP Kanini Kega, Nyeri County Commissioner Layford Kibaara and the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA) CEO Henry Rithaa.
In his remarks, CAS Karanja said they were in the area to confirm National Government sponsored projects in the area were ongoing as scheduled. He urged youth to apply for affordable loans from the Ksh 650 million seed fund available from MSEA to further their businesses.
Mr Karanja also challenged the youth to pursue arts and artisan courses so they can produce high quality goods that the Government has promised to source locally like beds and furniture instead of importing the same from other countries. This, he said, will boost the economy as youth engage in gainful employment.
Among the projects they toured were the proposed Mweiga MSE Worksite to be developed at a cost of Ksh 10 million which will house local traders as they conduct their businesses. The high powered delegation then visited the ultra-modern multi-million Chaka market complex which when completed on 17th December, 2020 will accommodate banks, cold storage facilities, a shopping complex, hotels and modern market stalls. The two-phased complex has cost the National Government a total of Ksh 786 million.
They later visited the Naro Moru CIDC and MSE worksite which will be developed and equipped at a cost of Ksh 14 million. Traders at the venue were promised construction works would commence immediately the plot is fenced off to guard against encroachment by private developers.
The CIDCs are a project under the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development through the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority. They are constructed at the constituency level in order to provide common user facilities for MSEs and promote industrial development. The Government operationalizes the facilities by equipping and developing technical capacity for beneficiaries.
Currently there are some 158 CIDCs in different constituencies which MSEA plans to operationalize in the long term, with 90 sites expected to be in use by the end of this financial year. These facilities utilize raw materials available in their local areas.