The government has started equipping constituency industrial development centres (CIDCs) in a bid to make them ready for operationalization in January 2020.
Cabinet Secretary for Industry Trade and Cooperatives Peter Munya, who on Friday flagged off machines and equipment to the 22 CIDCs across the country, said the move will enhance efficiency, improve product quality and increase production capacity.
“More will be distributed as we continue with the refurbishment and training of Micro, Small and Medium operators of a further 28 CIDCs,” he said.
The dispatched workshop machines to be used by Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Sector include lathe machines, drilling machines, hydraulic presses, workbenches and tool cabinets.
Principal Secretary for State Department for Industrialisation Dr. Francis Owino who was present confirmed that SMEs policy will be ready by January 2020 and a follow up will be done to ensure that the machines are used for the intended purpose.
The Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA) Chief Executive Officer Henry M. Rithaa said the sector has refurbished and made ready Constituency Industrial Development Centres across the country to improve competitiveness and market acceptability of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) products.