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Manufacturing in East Africa

  • Keroche makes a range of products, which it sells via its own network of distributors

    KENYA, 2015/05/04 It was a thirst for success that saw Tabitha Karanja put herself in the role of a David taking on a Goliath. The 50 year old is the founder and boss of the only large-scale brewery in Kenya actually owned by a Kenyan. Mrs Karanja, one of only a handful of female brewery owners across Africa, set up the business - Keroche Breweries - with her husband back in 1997. Initially making a fortified wine, the company has since moved into spirits and, from 2008, making beer.
  • Rwanda: India Imparts Skills to Local Manufacturers

    INDIA, 2015/01/30 Rwandans will be able to acquire various manufacturing skills from the India-Africa Vocational Training and Incubation Centre launched yesterday in Nyarutarama, Gasabo District, Kigali. The centre will provide training to bridge the skills gaps and reduce unemployment. It consists of eleven fields: bakery, tomato ketchup and fruit juice making, edible oil extraction, packaging, soya milk extraction. Others are automatic wire nail manufacturing, paper napkin and toilet roll manufacturing, knitting, stitching and embroidery, cell phone repair, potato chips manufacturing, popcorn making, ice cream cone making, fashion design, and crockery, part others.
  • Rwanda: Lack of Public Transport in Special Economic Zone Irks Industrialists

    RWANDA, 2015/01/30 Manufacturers operating from the Kigali Appropriate Economic Zone have decried the increasing cost of transporting workers to and from work, saying the industrial park in Nyandungu, Gasabo District is not served by public transport commuter buses. Patrick Makuza, the Rwanda Foam Industry chief, said most of the firms hire private companies to transport workers, which is 'eating into' their earnings. "It would be convenient and cost effective if the park is provided with public transport," Makuza told The New Times during an assessment tour by the Ministry of Trade and Industry officials on Tuesday.
  • Tanzania: Manufacturers Must Support War Against Fake Products

    TANZANIA, 2015/01/30 IN a country witnessing an influx of so a lot of types of imported products, manufacturers have a better role to play in the fight against counterfeit merchandise as they threaten the local market. Businesspersons in the industrial sectors must rise up and join hands with the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) and other sector players to wage a relentless battle to ensure consumer confidence. Manufacturers with the support of the country's standards watchdog must build on the successes completed in the completed decade in curbing the flood of substandard goods and be additional aggressive and innovative to remain competitive.
  • Rwanda: Govt Commits to Address Manufacturers' Concerns

    RWANDA, 2015/01/13 Government is working toward addressing issues affecting the manufacturing industry performance in the country, the Minister for Trade and Industry, Francois Kanimba, has said. Kanimba made the remarks during an assessment tour of industry operations in Bugesera and Kicukiro Industrial Parks on Thursday. Part the firms visited included Master Steel industry, manufacturing iron sheets, doorframes and iron bars. Located in Kicukiro District, the industry produces 2,000 tonnes of metal objects per month and targets 8,000 tonnes in the near next. The plant has been expanded to start manufacturing metal tubes and nails.
  • Ethiopia: Chamber Research Blasts Government Procurement

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/01/13 A week next of the 11th Public Private Consultation Forum (PPCF) focusing on challenges of the manufacturing sector was held, the fifth round of PPCF between the businesses and the Public Procurement Government Agency (PPAA) addressed the hurdles faced by the four sectors in government procurement process. At the same time, the research was criticised by the Agency's officials as a one-sided research only, by covering the problems on the government side all the while ignoring the business community.
  • Ethiopia: Is the Third Industrial Revolution Closer?

    ETHIOPIA, 2015/01/09 Technology innovators and CEOs seem positively giddy nowadays about what the next will bring. New manufacturing technologies have generated feverish excitement about what some see as a Third Industrial Revolution. In the years ahead, technological improvements in robotics and automation will boost productivity and efficiency, implying significant economic gains for companies. But, unless the proper policies to nurture job increase are put in place, it remains uncertain whether request for labor will continue to grow as technology marches forward. Recent technological advances have three biases: They tend to be capital-intensive (thus favoring those who by presently have financial resources); skill-intensive (thus favoring those who by presently have a high level of technical proficiency); and labor-saving (thus reducing the total number of unskilled and semi-skilled jobs in the economy). The risk is that robotics and automation will displace workers in blue-collar manufacturing jobs before the dust of the Third Industrial Revolution settles.
  • Africa’s potential has been defined by its abundant natural resources.

    ETHIOPIA, 2014/03/02 A factory whirring with dozens of technicians producing high-quality sportswear is an atypical image of Africa. For a long time, Africa’s potential has been defined by its abundant natural resources. From presently on this story may be changing as a handful of African economies try to follow the path paved by the Asian ‘Tigers’ before them – to become world manufacturing centers. African nations lack the industrial capability that their Asian counterparts have refined over the last 50 years, but high and rising costs in current manufacturing zones have created an opportunity for them to make up for this lack of experience with cost savings.
  • People are desperate for work and they will take any job

    UGANDA, 2013/11/27 Getting to work this morning, I counted about six KCCA workers (women) sweeping roads and none of them was wearing a dust mask. Two of the women, to protect themselves from the dust, had tied pieces of cloth around their noses but the rest swept away, unprotected. Continued exposure to dust can trigger or result in respiratory-related diseases (asthma, bronchitis, emphysema) with characteristics such as pulmonary inflammation, chest tightness and airway obstruction, according to Such hazards and others are, however, ignored by both employers and employees.
  • Cement Firm Helps Out in Kenya

    KENYA, 2013/08/14 SCHOOLS in Kaloleni and Rabai constituency in Kilifi are set to benefit from the Athi River mining Cement Company's Rhino foundation. Speaking during the signing of a memorandum of partnership between the company and M'bungoni primary school at Kambe, Rabai in Kilifi County, ARM managing director Pradeep Paulrana said the move is part of the company's contribution to education. The company announced its support to refurbish schools and construct moder facilities.