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The Government of Kenya has singled out industrialization as a key contributor to the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030. This is because, globally, industrialization is regarded as the most viable and tested strategy for accelerating economic development and addressing many of the socio-economic challenges confronting today’s economies. Vision 2030; Kenya’s economic blueprint, represents the country’s initiative towards ensuring that the nation becomes globally competitive and prosperous, attaining a high quality of life for its citizenry by the year 2030.

The plan is anchored on three main pillars namely; the Economic, Social and Political pillars respectively, which are -:

  • To maintain a sustained economic growth of 10% per annum over the next 25 years
  • A just and cohesive society enjoying equitable social development in a clean and secure environment and
  • An issue-based, people-centred, result-oriented, and accountable democratic political environment.

Kenya’s aspiration as contained in the First Medium Term Sector Plan (MTP) 2008 – 2012 was to have a robust, diversified and competitive manufacturing sector. To achieve this, the MTP identified a number of short and medium term programmes that included: capacity building for industrial development and quality service delivery; establishment of policy, legal and institutional framework for industrialization; promotion of the development of micro, small and medium industries; and promotion of research and development (R&D), innovation and technology adoption.

During the implementation of the first MTP, new priority areas were identified and considered necessary to complement the existing flagship projects. These included; Facilitating the training of Engineers, Technologists and Technicians; Transformation of KIRDI; Development of Iron and Steel Mill; and Development of Constituency Industrial Development Centres (CIDCs).

This, therefore, positions KIRDI strategically in the realization of increased Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation outputs, improved Technology transfer, Dissemination and Commercialization of Research, Technology and Innovation outputs, establishment of strategic partnerships and strengthening of institutional capacity.