KEPSA hosted an ‘Introduction to KEPSA’ breakfast meeting on 20th September, 2018 which was chaired by the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Ms. Rachel Muthoga. The meeting was exclusive to non-member organisations in the Energy, Security and ICT sectors whom were interested in joining KEPSA.
Ms. Muthoga apprised the organisations present on how KEPSA runs its policy advocacy agenda highlighting the engagement platforms available for member participation. She pointed out that KEPSA Sector Boards are the entry point to these engagements highlighting the importance of private sector led representation in Private-Public Dialogue forums when organised. She also highlighted the key milestones that KEPSA had achieved recently across the different sectors and the impacted outcomes.
The organisations were briefed on the procedure of joining KEPSA to effectively contribute to the policy agenda and how they would access the beneficial opportunities in the process. Ms. Muthoga informed them that KEPSA was in the process of developing the National Business Agenda III and that it called for consultations within a strong membership. She further implored for the organisations present to hasten their joining KEPSA and get the opportunity to actively participate in the process of identifying the priority areas in their sectors in order to inform the National Business Agenda III for the next 5 years and realise the gains made.
KEPSA CEO Ms. Carole Kariuki met with KK Security-Kenya MD Mr. Chris Manning on 18th September 2018 to discuss movement from one company to another and issues still outstanding in the Security Sector that are being pursued by the Sector Board and the company.
KEPSA was a lead panel member in the Talent Agenda Series forum held on 18th September 2018 and hosted by the Global Career Company. Talent Agenda Series – East Africa is the Leading Human Capital Forum in East Africa.
KEPSA Public Private Dialogue Manager, Teresa Barasa, represented KEPSA on the panel whose theme was ‘Unlocking Regional Opportunities for People Organisations and Industries’. She spoke extensively on of the role of the Private and Public Sectors in supporting growing of industries in the East Africa region and in human capacity development. In her remarks, Ms. Barasa outlined the strategic importance of human capital in and for policy reforms for the economic development in the region adding that all policies are contextual and that no policy is self-implementing.
Others members on the panel were Martin Mugambi, Group Executive Director, CBA, Dr. Vimal Shah, CEO, BIDCO, Susan Maingi, Director Corporate Affairs, LafargeHolcim, Martin Oduor- Otieno, Founder and The Leadership Group Ltd and Ory Okolloh, Director of Investments, Omidyar Network.
This is the 3rd Annual Talent Series- East Africa; it was co-hosted by the Institute of Human Resource Management and African Business and was attended by HR professionals from different sectors of the economy, the academia and government representatives.
KEPSA remains committed in the thematic area of Human Capital Development and Entrepreneurship as part of the NBA strategy II through the objectives for business development: Early childhood education; Expansion of primary and secondary school learning; Investment in TVET institutions; Sealing technological innovation gap and enhancing commercialisation; and Promoting education and training competencies to employer needs.
KEPSA bid a farewell to the outgoing President and CEO, General Electric Africa, Jay Ireland during a reception dinner hosted in his honour on 19th September 2018 at the Fairmont Norfolk Hotel. He is set to retire effective 30th September 2018 after marking 38 years of service to the healthcare company.
KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Kariuki together with KEPSA board members present presented a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Ireland noting his contribution to KEPSA. He played a strategic and important role in the signing of an MoU between KEPSA and the US Chamber of commerce that has significantly contributed to the growth of trade and investments between Kenya and the USA. Ms. Kariuki commended Jay’s leadership style which she said is amazing. Further, she said GE’s presence continues to be felt all over Africa playing a part in Africa’s sustainable development through strategic investments in sectors such as health, energy amongst others.
Speaking during the farewell reception dinner, Jay said it was a great honour to be part of and to build GE Africa. He said the past seven years in Sub-Saharan Africa have been the most rewarding of his 38 years in GE adding that opportunities across many sectors, the optimism, the energy and entrepreneurial nature of the people had all contributed to him having a wonderful experience. “I am extremely proud of the value we have created together with our customers and partners. I want to thank all 2,600 employees in the region for their support and commitment to making GE a valued partner for the development of infrastructure in Africa,” said the outgoing CEO.
Alex Dimitrief who is the senior Vice President and General Counsel of GE and President and CEO, Global Growth Organization (GGO) appreciated Jay’s inspiring leadership in his 38 years. He said during Jay’s tenure, GE had tripled its annual revenues in Sub-Saharan Africa and had established a strong bench of African executives leading the company’s businesses in the continent.
Dimitrief also added that Farid’s excellent track record of leading GE Healthcare across Africa made him the right choice to lead the next phase of GE’s strategy and growth in the region.
Jay came to Kenya in 2011 with a staff of 15 in the Kenya office and now current staff stands at 150. This has been witnessed by the continued growth of the organization in Africa.
Farid Fezoua is the incoming President and CEO, GE Healthcare Africa and his appointment will be effective 1st October 2018. He has been leading GE Healthcare’s business growth in Africa since 2012.
KEPSA in partnership with Open Business Africa and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives convened SME FEST 2018, a two-day Intra-African business gathering that ran from 19th to 20th October at the University of Nairobi.
The festival, whose theme was “Growing Together, SME for SME”, featured a SME Success Conference and panel discussions that served as platforms for SME business owners, thought leaders and policymakers to evaluate where local and regional SMEs stand in relation to trade practices. They also sought to help SME business owners navigate through the opportunities emerging from government Big Four Agenda policies and strategies, consequently exposing them to Intra-African trade opportunities.
KEPSA Deputy CEO Ms. Rachel Muthoga who took part in one of the panel discussions on market access and the future of trade in Africa, addressed ways in which SMEs could leverage the channels open to them to enhance their capacity towards economic development. Ms. Muthoga noted that SMEs were making positive contributions towards sustainable growth, and therefore needed the government and private sector to facilitate their access to local and international markets which are in tandem with economic expansion.
Ms. Muthoga also noted that through partnership tools like the Africa partner pool by Invest in Africa, big corporates could create linkage platforms with SMEs along value chains as part of a bigger effort to help local businesses market their products and services. In her final comments, Ms. Muthoga touched on the issue of delayed payments owed by the government to SMEs for services and products rendered, noting that this was having a negative impact on businesses. She further affirmed KEPSA’s commitment in engaging with the government to resolve this issue, commending the efforts being made to ensure that state agencies are held accountable for delayed payments.
The SME Fest, which held its initial event in 2016, is an opportune forum for SME owners as well as startups seeking targeted business networking opportunities and business growth solutions as a way of increasing their sales.