Innovation and technology paramount in achieving big 4 agenda, says KIE Director

Kenya Industrial Estates Ltd Managing Director Dr.Parmain Ole Narikae has challenged Kenyans to invest more in innovation and technology in order to meet the Big 4 agenda and more so manufacturing sector.

In an exclusive interview at the ongoing Nakuru national ASK show, the KIE Ltd MD said that was the only way to ensure competition as far as nation productivity is concerned.

Dr. Ole Narikae while noting the abundance of innovators and business people in Nakuru county and nation at large called on the youths and Kenyans at large not to focus on white collar jobs but rather work hard through the innovations to ensure productivity.

“Innovation and technology is key in terms of production.It is high time that we stop focusing on white collar jobs and start working had through innovation and technology” he said.

The KIE MD once again challenged youth to embrace entrepreneurship as a way of growing wealth and becoming self reliant.

He added that the government is committed in ensuring economic growth through manufacturing and industry which will create jobs directly and indirectly.

“You cannot give up. You begin where you are with what you have and for sure hard work pays and I am sure if you start many people will step in to assist” he said.

The Government through Kenya Industrial Estates Ltd has continued to empower Kenyans who have ideas but lack financial muscles.

KIE gives loans from Kshs.100, 000 to 20 million shillings, workspace as well as focus on business development in 37 counties at the moment.

The Key sectors of focus are agro-industries, Textile and apparels, leather, water and irrigation Technology ,building materials, paper and printing,motor vehicle,wood and furniture, metallic and fabrication and electrical and installation.

James Mwangi alias Kaka is a beneficiary who received a loan to enable him move on with his concrete works business.

He challenges youths to wake up from slumber and work hard towards achieving their goals in life through funds from national government as well as counties.

“I challenge the youths to wake up and make good use of the opportunities that the government has given through youth funds and financial support” said Mwangi.

They spoke at the Nakuru national Agricultural society of Kenya- ASK show which opened its gates to the public on Wednesday.

A total of total of 150 exhibitors participating this year.

This years’ theme is “promoting innovation and technology in agriculture and trade”.

The show dates run from 4th July to 8th July.

 

PHOTO/Pristone Mambili:Kenya Industrial Estates Ltd Managing Director Dr.Parmain Ole Narikae addressing media at the Nakuru national ASK show.