According to Investment and Industry Principal Secretary Betty Maina, local manufacturers should focus more on agro-processing, pharmaceuticals, textiles, and apparels sectors to boost output.

The Principal Secretary Betty Maina says the three sub-sectors have untapped potential that can be utilized as demand for such products continues to grow globally.

Kenya has embarked on a five-point plan to boost the manufacturing sectors’ output that includes attracting external investors to set up plants in the country, targeting manufacturers that can produce goods for the global market.

She says investors targeting the manufacturing sector need to focus on key areas the government is aligned with including pharmaceuticals, textiles and apparels, agro-processing among others.

Maina says the Universal Health coverage pillar will help provide a market for locally manufactured medicines as well as those from the COMESA region.

Increased investments in the textiles industry are expected to reduce the amounts of cotton that Kenya imports from countries like China and enable Kenya to optimize the AGOA agreement.

Plans are underway to revitalize various cash crops including coffee, tea, and cotton through value addition to tea and coffee, the introduction of new varieties such as BT cotton and through incentives offered to exporters of value-added products.

By Malachi Motano

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