The Government of India through the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology (CIPET), an autonomous Institution that offers training, education and research on plastics is set to offer training to about 40 Kenyans drawn from various sectors on best waste management practices.
The institute also plans to set up a centre in Kenya to support the sector in East Africa. This comes at a time when the industry is expected to register a growth rate of between 15-20% in the coming years and the only way to meet such demand would be by creating new manufacturing facilities and capacities instead of depending on imports of finished products.
Also, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI), has invited Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to embrace engineering technology so as to enhance waste management in the country.
The plastic industry plays an integral role in creating employment opportunities but faces huge challenges in terms of waste management and disposal. To combat this challenge,the Chamber of Commerce can sought to provide strategic support and encourage industrialists in other sectors to diversify into plastics processing businesses.
This initiative was announced during a conference on the latest machines, technology andmaterials that would be appropriate for plastic industries in the region. Over 150 exhibitors from 15 countries are participating in the forum which was inaugurated by India’s High Commissioner Yogeshwar Varma.