This is the key to Kenya's economic growth
18 July 2016, 14:11
Nairobi - The Japanese government will continue supporting human resource development initiatives in the country's public and private sectors,
Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Toshitsugu Uesewa assured.
Uesewa said the country will experience tremendous economic growth if its workers are continuously equipped with new skills and their capacity is enhanced.
He also noted that his country through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has spearheaded human resource development activities through the introduction of management productivity concepts like Kaizen.
The Kaizen management philosophy focuses on continuous improvement. It is largely credited for providing a foundation for the prosperity of the Asian country starting from the 1960's and 1970's.
"We believe embracing the Kaizen concept will contribute to economic take-off in Kenya and Africa as a whole" he said.
Uesewa, who spoke during a workshop that was held in preparation for the upcoming Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), said the introduction of the concept will be part of the agenda of the summit.
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The international summit that will for the first time be conducted in Africa will be will be held in Nairobi on 27-28 August 2016.
During the workshop organized by the embassy in conjunction with the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), Prof Tetsushi Sonobe, an expert in Kaizen, who was the chief guest made a presentation on the management concept.
"Kaizen is just a first step in increasing productivity. Improving productivity must be applied at all levels. I encourage the government of Kenya and the private sector to adopt the concept," said Prof Sonobe.
Stephen Kirui, Director of the Kenya Institute of Business Training (KIBT), a body which has been working with Japan government to introduce the concept, said so far 18 firms in the country are applying Kaizen in their day to day activities.
Kirui explained that the institution which falls under the Ministry of Trade has offered short term training to small scale business owners on the Japanese philosophy.
"We introduced the concept three years ago and those we have trained are very enthusiastic about it. We are now in talks with stakeholders and the government to ensure Kaizen is domesticated in all our industrial sectors," he said.
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