WASILIANAHUB Convenor Wangari Kabiru with graduates John, Njeri, Mary and Elias at The MSME Alliance of Kenya Launch (Courtesy)
Thursday, June 09 2022, Nairobi. WASILIANAHUB represented by Convenor Wangari Kabiru, Dispute Resolution Facilitator witnessed the colourful unveiling during The MSME Alliance of Kenya launch at the KICC. “By adopting business negotiation and professional mediation, and collaborative self-help strategies that WASILIANAHUB promotes through its community mediation approach, we set MSMEs in Kenya to save millions in time and money, while as dependent entities, strengthening the humble relationship bonds that unite this fragile sector.”
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According to the President Mr. Ben Mutahi, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s challenge to the sector to self-organise in order to engage with the government motivated formation of the Alliance. It was heartwarming to follow the reflections by Madam Anne Mutahi, SME Advisor Office of the President on the journey with The MSME Alliance of Kenya and the government opportunities from Hon. David Osiany, HSC Cabinet Administrative Secretary (CAS) at the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade & Enterprise Development. As an Alliance, ‘The Voice of SMEs in Kenya’, this umbrella body brings together existing, upcoming and future business associations, providing an umbrella to the sector that is the basket of the Kenyan economy. The CEO Mr. Samuel Karanja encouraged traders to be part of the Alliance for the benefits accrued, including policy interventions, membership to the MSME SACCO and MAK Global Shipping services to streamline their global import-export trade logistics.
The event addressed by a host of guests, including member associations; religious; national government; county government; political and the private sector included a spectacular display of fire. The highlight of the event was the graduation of over 100 traders from across the country, affiliated to membership associations of The MSME Alliance of Kenya upon completion of a business and financial literacy program. The breakfast event sponsor Equity Bank Kenya through the Chief Guest, Managing Director Mr. Gerald Warui encouraged the business people to keep on going on by recounting the bank’s formative journey in the 80s as a loss making institution, and into the globally recognised financial institution today.
In the spirit of #ChooseMedationFirst across Kenya, at WASILIANAHUB and with our learning partners, we look forward to imparting effective dispute resolution skills to business owners and family businesses, and the adoption of Appropriate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanisms by the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).
At WASILIANAHUB, we thank you for the acknowledgment. We congratulate The MSME Alliance of Kenya, its dedicated Board, Sector Committees and the membership. We wish you God’s blessings as you move forward organised; bringing knowledge, wealth, and empowerment to the millions of families in Kenya.
“Umoja ni nguvu na kidole kimoja ….”
Hongera to The MSME Alliance of Kenya!
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About The MSME Sector
Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) play a major role in most economies, particularly in developing countries. SMEs account for the majority of businesses worldwide and are important contributors to job creation and global economic development. They represent about 90% of businesses and more than 50% of employment worldwide. Formal SMEs contribute up to 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies. These numbers are significantly higher when informal SMEs are included. According to our estimates, 600 million jobs will be needed by 2030 to absorb the growing global workforce, which makes SME development a high priority for many governments around the world. In emerging markets, most formal jobs are generated by SMEs, which create 7 out of 10 jobs. - worldbank.org.