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October 17, 2017

Government should give clear direction on plastic ban - KAM

Kenya Association of Manufacturers chief executive Phyllis Wakiaga
Kenya Association of Manufacturers chief executive Phyllis Wakiaga

Manufacturers’ lobby is urging the government to offer clear direction to manufacturers on the plastic ban that will come into effect next month.

Kenya Association of Manufacturers want to be given clear direction on how to proceed, and specific information about which adjustments will be long-term or short-term.

The lobby said many businesses are in limbo, uncertain as to how to proceed towards complying with this new policy. She added that new policies need to be concise about the manner of execution and which authorities are charged. This is to avoid any vagueness or uncertainty which may lead to inability to plan for changes. Industrialists want predictability of policies which is fundamental to the stability of local businesses, because changing them means a major shift in business plans and daily operations, said the chief executive Phylis Wakiaga (pictured).

“If changes in policy are abrupt, then businesses tend to incur major costs in order to make the necessary adjustments and in some cases have to shut down entirely, laying off workers and bearing huge losses. Any such changes made by government requiring businesses to comply within a certain period, need to be clearly articulated,” said Wakiaga, in a statement. 

She said gazettement of the plastic ban, is vague in its articulation of how the ban will be effected. The ban as currently gazetted, is a total ban on all plastic bags.




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