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Reforms will attract more investments, says FKE

16 October 2012, 13:05 Oduor Omondi

Employers expect the ongoing comprehensive reforms in the country’s leadership, business climate, industrial relations and social economic issues to attract more investments into the country.

A manifesto relayed to the media by the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) stated that Kenyans have not enjoyed balanced development due to inconsistent policies and political alienation among other reasons.

FKE expects a comprehensive and timely implementation of the constitution, responsible leadership during campaigns, free and fair elections, and election of competent political leaders, competitive selection of cabinet ministers, optimal merging of ministries for effective service delivery and competitive salaries to constitutional office holders.

Speaking in Kisumu, FKE Executive Director Mrs. Jacqueline Mugo argued that a strong labour force and observance of harmonious industrial relations is important for wealth and job creation.

She acknowledged the positive developments in the judicial system since the enactment of the new constitution especially the elevation of the industrial court to the level of High Court which has given industrial and employment issues recognition as priority issues of the economy.

The employers expect that the Government and political leadership will promote and support sound industrial relations and respect the industrial relations charter and ensure that capacity is built in the industrial court to ensure effective and efficient disposal of industrial disputes.

The federation noted that that the country has only achieved 6% in tapping her available resources due to over- emphasis on white collar education and poor attitude towards vocational training.

To this end, employers expect that the government in addressing this challenge will establish more technical training institutions, centres of excellence in specialized skills and establish closer collaboration between industry and training institutions to tap talent and optimize on training costs.

Through the manifesto, the federation commended the government’s efforts to improve physical infrastructure mainly roads linking main cities, they said that a lot need to be done to open up counties to attract investment and decongest cities.

They expressed their commitment to play their role of wealth and employment creation and urged various political parties to give these issues priority in their manifesto and devise strategies to address them should they form the next government.

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