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Mwanza, Tanzania - KEPHIS is among exhibitors at the ongoing Micro and Small Medium Enterprises Trade Fair at the lakeside city of Mwanza, Tanzania. The annual event, among the Eastern African Community countries, has brought together exhibitors, businessmen and government agencies from the six Eastern African countries that comprise the East African Community and aims to bring to the fore the importance of micro and small medium enterprises in economic growth and development in the region. The countries are Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi and the hosts, Tanzania. The theme of the trade fair is Promoting Quality and Innovation to Enhance EAC SMEs Competitiveness and post COVID -19 Recovery. Kenyans at the event have displayed curios, various fabrics and clothes, artefacts, our world famous coffee and tea, leather items, Maasai sandals, vitenges, batiks, among others. KEPHIS is highlighting her role in facilitating the trade of plants and plant materials and facilitating businesses which aim to export their produce to overseas countries. There are also sessions on Non-Tariff Barriers, increased cooperation between the partner states, among others.

Hon. David Osiany, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Enterprise Development at the official opening ceremony reiterated the importance of SMEs, noting that the sector employs over 80% of Kenya’s population, thus their importance in creating self-employment and promoting economic growth for Kenya.

 

 

Left: Hon. David Osiany, Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade & Enterprise Development at a press briefing during the official opening of the 21st EAC MSMS Trade Fair in Mwanza, Tanzania; right: exhibitors, businessmen and government officials during the Trade Fair