KEPSA Gender and Youth Sector Board pushes for supplier inclusivity
KEPSA held the Gender and Youth sector board meeting on 5th September, 2017. The Vice Chair, Ms. Jane Kagiri, on behalf of the Chair, Ms. Eva Muraya, commended the members for their commitment reminding them of the bigger role they collectively had to play in advocating for a better environment for doing business.
The meeting started by discussing the Supplier inclusivity project championed by the sector board will go a long way to: build the business capacity and increase market share of women-owned businesses and also to have the private sector embrace sustainable development goals and have inclusive business models that help close the gender gap through inclusion of women-owned businesses in value chains.
The members also noted there was need to continue support and advocacy for women to take up top leadership roles. The Kenya Institute of Management had released the study on board diversity which revealed that women representation had increased 21% in 2017 from 18% in 2015. This was noted as positive although still below par.
The role of small and medium enterprises including start-ups cannot be underscored and towards this, KEPSA has introduced membership categories for SMEs and Start-ups categories in order to encourage representation of these categories in policy discourse. As presented by Ngwiri Kamau from the membership department highlighted, these two categories will have a subsidized subscription fee.
Youth affairs is critical to the economy and while noting that of 800,000 people who joined the labor market this year, only 50,000 found formal jobs, the discussion on the key issues affecting the youth were discussed and several interventions agreed on.
Going forward, the sector board is working towards creating strengthened relationship with specific agencies within the ministry in order to progress identified issues.