Kenya launches Japan's Kaizen
29 January 2014, 15:00
Nairobi - The Japanese International Cooperation Agency has partnered with the Ministry of Labor to launch the application of the Asian country’s concept of Kaizen in Kenya.
The move is aimed at boosting local with a view to improve local productivity.
Speaking at a function held to launch the Kaizen concept, Takeshi Fujita, a Japan Productivity Centre expert, said that the productivity of companies should be emphasized in order to increase national gross domestic product (GDP).
Fujita said that the concept of Kaizen, which is Japanese for improvement or change for the best, and refers to philosophy or practices that focus upon continuous improvement of processes in manufacturing, engineering, and business management, was the “perfect remedy” for increasing productivity of a nation.
It had worked well in Japan, he said.
“When Japan emerged from the World War II in 1945, the economy was not in a good shape. In the 1950s goods produced in Japan were cheap and not of good quality,” said Fujita.
He added that the establishment of a Japanese productivity centre as part of a United States technical programme helped enhance productivity in Japan.
He said that other countries that have applied the concept of Kaizen were Malaysia, Singapore and Ethiopia.
Head of Productivity Improvement Centre of Kenya, Purity Kamau, said that the facility, which was established as a tripartite venture with the Federation of Kenya Employers and Central Organization of Trade Unions and the government, sought to increase productivity awareness from 1 percent to 60 percent of the population by the year 2030.
“Among the priority action plans of the productivity improvement center in Kenya include implementing national productivity campaign, integrating productivity concepts & tools into education curriculum and also increase the number of productivity improvement experts,” said Kamau.
– CAJ News