28 November 2018 | Digital Transformation in Kenyan Manufacturing

14.00 – 17.00 (GMT+3) with lunch from 13.00 (for registered attendees)
Wednesday 28 November 2018
Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi

While Kenya has emerged as leader of digitalisation in the African context, there is still a significant digital divide within Kenya in terms of access to and use of technology. Kenya therefore needs to engage with the digital economy actively by developing a well-informed digital industrial policy that aims at improving efficiencies of firms but also boosts employment opportunities and inclusive development. For this to occur, the digital industrial policy needs to be embedded within the wider industrial policy so that all segments of society can gain.

Amidst the many opportunities associated with the use of digital technologies in Kenya manufacturing, one concern expressed is the impact on labour. Since manufacturing forms part of Kenya’s Big Four agenda, the implications of growing digitalisation, both within Kenya and globally, brings into question the very role of manufacturing as a development pathway towards employment generation.

This event, hosted in partnership with the Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) will explore how digital technologies are affecting labour in Kenyan manufacturing and the discussion will identify policy priorities for digitally transforming Kenyan’s manufacturing sector and creating more productive jobs. Presentations will be given by KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga, SET programme Director Dirk Willem te Velde and CEO of FunKidz Ciiru Waweru Waithaka, amongst others.

For further information or to express interest in attending, contact Georgia Cooke (g.cooke@odi.org.uk) at ODI or Job Wanjohi (job.wanjohi@kam.co.ke) at KAM.

Photo: Real-time monitoring of the production line, through digitalisation, at New Wide Garments factory in Kenya’s Athi River EPZ, July 2018. Karishma Banga, all rights reserved.