MOMBASA (Xinhua) --
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday urged local motor
vehicle assemblers to innovate ways of producing quality
vehicles that are affordable for Kenyans.
held talks with Kenya Manufacturers Association (KAM) to discuss
the National Automotive Policy geared towards promoting the
sector challenged the local vehicle assemblers to ensure
production of high quality vehicles as well as parts.
"We all acknowledge that the importation of used vehicles has
led to the slump of the vehicle manufacturing sector in the
country," he said in a statement issued after the meeting which
took place in the coastal city of Mombasa.
Kenyatta said the move would help to discourage the buying of
imported used vehicles which are currently selling at lower
prices than those assembled locally.
"We have to think outside the box.
"I encourage you to come up with real solutions in motor
vehicle industry that will benefit Kenyans," he said and assured
the government will give them preference when purchasing
Manufacturing is one of the key pillars of the Big Four
development agenda through which the government aims at creating
thousands of jobs for the youth.
President Kenyatta emphasized that he was keen to see the
country’s vehicle assembly industry back on track, noting that
in the past, it used to be a major employer in the country.
He assured that the government was ready to work with the
Vehicle Manufacturers Association to restore the local industry
to its former glory.
"As we work to improve the local manufacturing industry, we
also have to insist that quality standards must be observed at
all times," the president said.
The manufacturers had among others proposed a number of
measures that would improve the sector, including duty free
importation of plant and machinery.
The vehicle manufacturers proposed the establishment of an
effective institutional mechanism to provide focused and
continued attention to the industry, including a national
automotive council that will be charged with the responsibility
of implementing the national automotive policy.
They also urged the government to provide incentives to
support local content development in terms of vehicle parts and