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Driving manufacturing excellence through skills development

As more industries shift to auto- mation and artificial intelli- gence, the demand for the right mix of skill, technical know-how and soft skills continues to rise. Human capital development is central to employability and sustain- able enterprise development within Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 8 on Decent Work and Economic Growth. This is more so crucial in an era where ...

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Why all children must learn code

Across the world, the con- version of information into a digital format – also called “digitalisation” – has increased productivity in the public and private sectors. As a result, vir- tually every country in the world is working towards a digital economy. As this new economy evolves, special skills like computer program- ming are needed. This is like a lan- ...

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Kenya’s MSME Policy Environment Ranks at 3 out of 5, needs to be reviewed towards global best

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), the apex body of the private sector, recently launched the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Policy Index to provide policymakers and market players with a tool to monitor and evaluate progress achieved in implementing policies meant to support MSMEs. The tool, developed in 2018, is part of the KEPSA SME agenda and builds ...

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Lift for maritime sector in Kenya and Djibouti after fall in piracy

The upsurge of Somali piracy after 2005 led to significant international activity in the Horn of Africa. Naval missions, training programmes, capital investment and capacity building projects were among the responses to the threat. States in the region also started to focus on the dangers and opportunities associated with the sea. Kenya and Djibouti, two states directly affected by piracy, ...

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Western countries take sides in Kenya’s maritime row with Somalia.

A dispute over maritime ter- ritory in the Indian Ocean between Kenya and Somalia has resulted in major western countries lining up on either side, depending on which of the two African nations best serves their oil interests. The disputed territory is 100,000 square kilometres with prospects of vast oil and gas deposits. Diplomatic relations between the two countries have ...

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Understanding the political economy of maize in Kenya

Maize is the cheapest source of calories among the cereal grains, mak- ing up about 65% of total food calories consumed by households in Kenya. To meet this demand, maize is produced on 40% of the total crop area – mainly by smallholders. Kenya’s annual production tar-get has been 40 million bags or approximately 3.6 million tons. However, over the ...

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The power of the purse threatens academic freedom in Kenya’s universities

Academic freedom is the right enjoyed by university teachers to teach, research and write in their areas of expertise without fear of retribution by institutional powers or political authorities. In universities, academic freedom is desirable because their work is to search for truth, transmit knowledge and, often, speak truth to power. Constraints on this freedom threaten the very essence of ...

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CEOs must face uncertainty and tackle it head-on

CEOs, when they speak as a club, hold up a mirror through which a country can closely examine its economic outlook. So, when they say, as they did in the KPMG report released last week, that they expect their companies to grow by only two per cent over the next three years, this should make policy makers and the government ...

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