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Kenya's productivity levels performing poorly

28 January 2014, 20:30 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The Ministry of Labor has raised concern over the countries poor productivity performance despite having economic potential, the required manpower and the political goodwill.

Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Labour, Samwel Kambi said that effort has to be put in to change the citizens' mindsets, culture and attitude in all activities they engage in to rescue country its stagnated productivity index of 2.2.

"In Kenya, we must raise our labor productivity index from the current 2.2 to above 4.0 if we were to achieve a middle income status as stipulated in the Vision 2030 blue print," said Kambi.

Kambi noted vibrant productivity improvement programmes should be adopted to equip workers with skills that enhance productivity among other initiatives such as reducing wastage in all sectors and adequate use of scarce resources.

"The uptake of productivity practices especially in industries will result in reduced wastage of resources and higher productivity leading to more profitability and expansion of activities," noted Kambi.

"I challenge the employers and the Unions to seriously consider negotiating salaries while at the same time focusing on and factoring in productivity. This will help in pegging wages on the productivity of the employees," he added.

Kambi assured that the government is committed to strengthening the Productivity Center of Kenya(PCK)  through legislation and increase the human capital necessary to boost the institution.

He added that the government will ensure that productivity is adopted as a way of life for the benefit of the national and County governments.

Kambi was speaking during the Productivity Promotion Seminar.  

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