NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenyan experts on Wednesday blamed lack of value
addition to locally produced resources and the high cost of
electricity for the delay in the country’s industrialization.
Deputy Director of the Research, Technical and Innovation at the
Kenya Industrial Research Development Institute (KIRDI), said
the country stands a better chance of becoming an industrialized
nation once it starts adding value to its products before
“We need to add
value to our tea, coffee and soap stones to help create jobs
locally instead of exporting them raw abroad,” Chelule said
during the national science week in Nairobi.
He observed that
despite the efforts resulting into the country having a
relatively larger industrial sector in the region, it has not
functioned fully as the engine of economic growth.
“The sector has been
inward looking and has had low value addition yet the
agricultural and natural resources are readily available in
plenty,” he added.
The official also
blamed the cost of electricity as part of the problem that
requires serious attention in line with industrialization plans.
Chulule said the
country has several natural resources that are yet to be
exploited to help create employment in large scale.
Mboi Misati, a
Senior Patent Examiner and Head of Outreach, Research and
Collaborations at Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI),
asked small scale entrepreneurs to adopt trademarks to enable
them to sell their products abroad.
Misati observed that
even though small scale entrepreneurs produce quality products,
they lack trademark and therefore cannot be sold outside the
“In addition to
availability of funding, local entrepreneurs are capable of
helping minimize imports from other countries through the
production of quality and tradable products abroad,” he added.
He, however, called
for the development of innovative productions and the linkages
with the academia to accelerate the industrial needs.
conference, participants asked the government to create an
enabling environment for private sector-led industrial
development and a business environment capable of attracting
local and foreign investments for the sector growth and