Manufacturing industry is key in job creation
Kenya has been losing manufacturing capacity, jobs and related technology for decades as the country transitions into a more service-centric economy. But the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, the 2008 financial shock, hastened the transition, causing some factories in Kenya to close down. Manufacturing is essential to any economy. It fuels and results from innovation. It is natural in the course of economic activity that “factory jobs” are tradable on international labour markets. They, especially, follow the migration trends in manufacturing activity that involve jobs requiring low skills and compensation. Efforts to revive high value-added manufacturing in Kenya will have to be based on higher productivity, not necessarily more of those good “factory jobs” of the past. Manufacturing will be critical to tcontinued development even compared to the world’s leading economies.
NDIRANGU NGUNJIRI Nairobi