Development of Kenya Leather Park
The Kenya Leather Park (KLP) Kenanie, Machakos County is set over a 500 acre piece of land aimed at providing a one stop shop for leather, footwear, leather goods and allied industries.
This is a joint venture betweeb KLDC and the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA). Presently, applications for space at the park by potential investors is ongoing through the link:-
Upgrade of Training and Production Centre for Shoe Industry (TPCSI)
MSMEs account for over 70% of locally produced leather footwear and 100% of the leather goods. Despite this,MSMEs production has not been able to exploit their potential. They are faced by various challenges key among these being lack of appropriate skills and production technology.Under the leather segment of the manufacturing component in the ‘Big Four’ development agenda, kills development is one of the key interventions.
The project aims at upgrading TPCSI, the only institution offering industry based skills and common manufacturing facilities to the leather products manufacturers, into a Centre of Excellence so as to provide efficient services.
Brief Description of the Project
TPCSI is situated in Thika, Kiambu County, the project will upgrade and transform TPCSI into a well equipped Centre with capacity to offer continuous skills development and a Common Manufacturing Facility.The upgrade is ongoing as the required machines have been procured and await installation.The project will include upgrading of the Centre’s various infrastructure and facilities to facilitate the offering of the required services to the industry.These will be:-
- General Infrastructure
The general infrastructure will comprise of:-
- Repair of the existing buildings that include the workshops and teaching rooms that are currently dilapidated.
- Re-designing of the Centre’s sewerage lines to allow free flow and avoid blockages.
- Equipping the lecture rooms appropriately to facilitate efficient teaching.
2. Machinery and Equipment
New machines have been procured but the Centre still requires:-
- Installation and operationalization of the new machines and equipment
- Repair and servicing of the old serviceable machines and equipment
- Operationalization of the testing laboratories.This will require the training of leather laboratory technician
- Refurbishment of the workshop and training facility such as working benches and training tools to increase the training capacity
3. Training Support
The Centre is not well known across the country and will therefore require :-
- Publicity and marketing across the Counties
- Enhancing the capacity of trainers
- Support of training outreach programs in other Counties
- Creating a link with other proposed Leather Product Production Centres (LPPSCs) to ensure coordinated skills development across the Country.
Development of Kariokor Common Manufacturing Facility
Kariokor leather cluster is the biggest producer of leather products by MSMEs in the Country and in the Eastern African region. It has also been noted that despite the huge volumes of leather products produced in the cluster, these products face market challenges due to poor quality.
To address these challenges and transform the cluster into MSME leather manufacturing hub in the region, a common manufacturing facility is needed to facilitate them to improve quality and competitiveness of their products. The facility will provide the MSMEs with modern production technology at an affordable cost as well as upgrade their technical skills. The establishment of a common manufacturing facility will be among the key interventions in the leather sector under the manufacturing component in the ‘Big Four’ development agenda. The project aims to transform the Kariokor leather products manufacturing cluster into a competitive manufacturing hub that produces high volumes of good quality leather products for the local and regional markets.
The specific objectives of the project include
- To improve the quality of the manufactured leather products
- To increase the volume of locally manufactured footwear and thereby reduce the country’s dependence on imports.
- Create a pool of skilled manpower for supporting the leather industry’s development
- To create employment opportunities through creating sustainable jobs.
- Broaden the Clusters product base for enhanced earnings.
To brand Kenyan footwear especially for the local and regional market.
The project was initiated in FY 2015/2016 with the Kenya Leather Development Council providing the technical services and the Nairobi County Government by providing space to host the facility.
- The project will have the following components:
- Installation of the procured machines
- Pneumatic pressure distribution
- Dust collection and disposal system
- Skills development:
- Machine operators
- Product development and branding
The project is ongoing with machines already procured and the Nairobi County Government currently building the industrial warehouse to house the facility
Draft Kenya Leather Development Authority (KLDA) Bill
The Bill aims at addressing the Council legal and policy framework. KLDC has been operating as a Council since its establishment in September 2011 through an Executive Order and in order to discharge its mandate, there was need to improve its legal status through the KLDA Bill.
The draft bill seeks to transform the Council to an authority, i.e. Kenya leather Development Authority (KLDA). This will ensure that the Council is adequately enabled to pursue its mandate and core functions by creating a conducive environment for the undertakings in the leather sector. In addition to enabling the effective transition of the leather sector from a commodity market (where the industry has been operating for decades) to the products market industry, which will therefore ensure a high level of competitiveness of Kenya‘s leather products.
Draft KLDA Bill Focus Areas
- Operationalization of KLDC‘s regulatory function.
- Creation of inter-agency linkages and integration of private sector associations. Creation of synergies with County Governments.
A validation forum on the Bill has been done by the leather sector players in order to acquire their input.