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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

National Launching Workshop for the project Strengthening National Capacities for Enhancing Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (MSME) Resilience and Building Forward Better to Accelerate the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Kenya

Wed 27 Apr 2022, 9.00 am — Thu 28 Apr 2022, 5.00 pm
United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) DSDG/DESA, Kenyan Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA)


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On Thursday, 28 April 2022, DSDG/DESA, in partnership with the Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA), Government of Kenya, and the United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Kenya, jointly organized the national launching workshop for the project ‘strengthening national capacities for enhancing micro-, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) resilience for building forward better to achieve the 2030 agenda for sustainable development in Kenya’. The project is funded by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Sub-Fund of the United Nations Peace and Development Fund. The workshop received over 70 participants, including senior government officials and MSME entrepreneurs from nineteen regions and nine counties. Ms. Anne Mutahi, Advisor to the President of Kenya, Mr. Bruno Linyiru, Secretary, Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development and Mr. Henry Rithaa, Director-General, Micro and Small Enterprise Authority (MSEA) joined the workshop together with representatives of the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office (RCO), UNDP and UNIDO. Capacity building is prioritized by participants as the key to elevate the effectiveness of MSME supporting policies. It is critical to unlock the full potential of MSMEs in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Kenya. Following demands expressed by government counterparts and MSME entrepreneurs, the project is committed to strengthening capacities of policymakers and MSME entrepreneurs in Kenya, with focuses on women and youth-led MSMEs that provide crucial livelihood resources to groups in vulnerable situations. The project will pursue partnerships continuously with existing MSME supporting programmes to create synergies and elevate impact in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Kenya.