On 26th May 2021, KEPSA CEO Ms. Carole Kariuki Karuga participated in The Big Baraza SME Virtual Conference. The conference was convened by SMEs to lead conversations on the vital role they play in Africa’s economy and what they need to do to increase their impact. The event sought to provide a platform to educate and inspire SMEs through informative conversations about financing, trade, policy and scale.
The conference was hosted by SNDBX, which is a collective of SME experts with decades of experience in building businesses in Kenya and Africa, working together to ensure sustainable growth for SMEs across Africa by delivering targeted and affordable long-term training as well as business coaching.
Ms. Kariuki joined Ms. Wincate Muthuni – Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PACCI), Ms. Treasure Maphanga – AeTrade Group, Mr. Manaseh Oiro – Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) and Mr. John Kalisa – TradeMark East Africa on the ‘AfCFTA Ask Me Anything’ panel session.
Ms. Kariuki said that KEPSA was in the process of establishing an SME club that will be instrumental in facilitating networking engagements. She also pointed out the training and mentorship sessions that KEPSA was undertaking to enlightened and empower an average of 400 to 500 SMEs around the country.
“Our interest is the trade group, is how can we accelerate and bring countries to a moment at a faster pace, obviously not together but learning from each other’s experiences, and the whole aspect of the ease of doing business, facilitated by technology is a key part of what we’re doing,” Said Ms. Maphanga in the discussion.
Mr. Oiro outlined how the use of technology like the online portals that provide information on existing market opportunities has helped the SMEs in the association to grow. “So, these are the kinds of platforms that we sensitise them on, and we encourage them to utilise these platforms to get information on where they can engage in business across the continent,” He remarked.