The Private Sector has been called upon to embrace and adopt the Kaizen productivity practices used by the Japanese industrialists to enhance the country’s productivity in the industrial sector.
The Cabinet Secretary for East African Community, Labour and Social Protection Phylis Kandie said the adoption of the practice will attract more private companies to participate in the implementation of Kaizen project, thereby enhancing the country’s productivity and competitiveness in both the local and global markets.
Kandie said Kenya’s Vision 2030 aims to transform the country into a globally competitive and prosperous nation that will provide quality life to Kenyans in a clean and secure environment.
“However, this will only be achievable if we all adopt productivity mindset. Our ability to improve the standards of living will depend entirely on our ability to raise productivity,” added the CS.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Director of Administration in her Ministry Mr. Chege Mwangi during the Productivity Improvement Dissemination Seminar at a Nairobi hotel , Kandie said economic growth of countries like Japan, Malaysia and Singapore continue to prosper as a result of embracing high productivity and the culture of continuous improvement.
She noted that for Kenya to prosper economically, she has to prioritize productivity in the national agenda, as well as put in place bold and strategic programmes that will create the necessary awareness on productivity.
The CS announced that the government through her ministry has continued to strengthen the existing National Productivity and Competitiveness Centre (NPCC) through recruitment of additional staff.
She thanked the government of Japan for supporting productivity improvement interventions in the country as well as providing technical support and a team of experts who have worked with a lot of commitment to ensure Kaizen’s project’s objectives are realized in the country.
In 2014, the Kenyan government entered into a Technical Cooperation with the government of Japan through Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to implement a productivity improvement project.
The main objective of the project is to improve productivity in selected model companies through application of 5S and Kaizen principles, which also helps to enhance capacity of NPCC staff, as well as enable participating countries to undertake productivity improvement consultancy in public and private sector organizations and enterprises.
Speaking at the event, the Director of NPCC Mr. John Munguti said a research conducted recently has revealed that during manufacturing, there is a lot of end waste material as well as time wastage.
Munguti added “We have come up with an idea where workers can do more with less machinery and man power”.