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Manufacturers body upbeat at election of new chair

25 July 2014, 11:42

Nairobi - The outgoing chairman of the Board of Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) hailed the elevation of Pradeep Paunrana as his successor at the helm of the organisation.

Paunrana has been elected to take over the reins from Polycarp Igathe, who in his two-year tenure led KAM to new heights that include a professional, highly visible and financially-stable institution with a state of art new building in Westlands Nairobi.

Igathe took over the reins at KAM in 2012 from Jas Bedi, while he was still the Managing Director of Haco Tiger brands before moving to head Vivo Energy Kenya.

During his two year term, KAM achieved significant milestones such as lobbying government for adequate electricity, a process that will be completed by the end of 2016 and the industrial sector recorded a positive growth in real output of 4,8 per cent in 2013 compared to 3,2 percent in 2012.

He will remain an ex-officio member of the board.

The outgoing chair sung praises of his successor and was upbeat at the organisation’s prospects under Paunrana’s watch.

“I am happy that the board has elected Paunrana as its chairman and Mrs Flora Mutahi as the vice chairman,” said Igathe.

“I have worked with Mr. Paunrana for the last two years as my deputy and he is extremely dedicated to seeing the growth of the manufacturing sector in this country. I think KAM cannot be in better hands, he is an outstanding leader because he has a deep understanding of the issues in the industrial sector,” said Igathe.

As the new chairman of the board of directors, Paunrana, has stated that his vision is the industrialisation of the country through the growth of SMEs, job creation and further expansion of the manufacturing sector.

He has so far adopted a sector based approach by focusing on growing industrial sectors.

Prior to his appointment he served in various committees of the KAM Board before becoming the vice chairman in 2012 when Igathe took over as the Chairman.

Meanwhile, Flora Mutahi takes over as Vice Chair.

 – CAJ News

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