Govt. to procure military boots from local producers.Saadiya Haji
Govt. to procure military boots from local producers.
Based on a Presidential Directive released in January, 2018, H.E. Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that all boots, leather products and textiles used by disciplined forces in mended a number of actions to Kenya be procured from local manufacturers with effect from Financial Year 2018/2019. This directive however, is pegged on the requirement that local manufacturers MUST meet high standards that will ensure provision of high quality goods and services.
Steps being taken
According to the CEO—KLDC Dr. Issack Noor , ―the directive by the President is a welcome move by the Government in leading the path towards Buy Kenya, Build Kenya, however, there is still much that needs to be done to ensure that local MSMEs are able to tap into the opportunities that this directive brings forth.‖ According to Dr. Noor, the Council has recommended.
- Establish who the disciplined forces are, thereby quantify- ing the order levels and fre-
- Collate information regarding standard specifications for the disciplined
- Identify procedures to be met for tendering and qualifica- tion
- Present this information at a forum comprising potential suppliers/manufacturers.
Definition of Standards and Quality Assurance
Dr. Noor observes that ―one of the key hallmarks of this directive is the requirement for MSMEs to ensure quality of
―As such, as a Council, we are currently working with relevant stakeholders to define what the standards for boots for the disciplined forces are. This will then be followed by sample testing of products manufactured by MSMEs against the required standards. Workshop(s) will be organized to bring together manufactures, standards agency (ies) representatives, as well as buyers and users of these boots in order to establish a communication platform for all relevant par- ties. According to Dr. Noor, ―it is in taking such steps and building synergies among stakeholders that the Presidential Directive will be met and the needs of buyers and suppliers will be adequately addressed.