How technology is disrupting manufacturing-led development

How technology is disrupting manufacturing-led development

Advances in technology and changing trade patterns are affecting opportunities for export-led manufacturing.

By JAMES RATEMO

Technology and globalization are changing how manufacturing contributes to development, and the sector should be braced for massive disruption, a World Bank Group report indicates.

The report, Trouble in the Making? The Future of Manufacturing-Led Development indicates that changing technologies and shifting globalization patterns are destined to reshape manufacturing-led development strategies, and we will need to embrace this change rather than fear it.

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Track job market trends to know your worth

Track job market trends to know your worth

The inability to determine how much you are worth makes it difficult to ask for the salary or responsibility that will enable you grow within your profession.

By EDNA MARITIM

Determining your value – either to a current employer or a potential new one – is an important part of developing a long-lasting and rewarding career. The inability to determine how much you are worth makes it difficult to ask for the salary or responsibility that will enable you grow within your profession. There is an old saying that describes this issue. “You are never paid what you are worth; you are paid what you can negotiate for.”

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Redefining global mobile payment

Redefining global mobile payment

Bluechain offers a new mobile phone payment that can turn a mobile device into a vehicle for pushing or receiving payments.

By SAMMI NDERITU

In September 2017, Bluechain celebrated the company’s formal launch into Kenya with a reception hosted in conjunction with the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) during the Seamless East Africa 2017 Financial Inclusion Summit at a Nairobi Hotel.

The celebration formally marked the opening of Bluechain’s first African office and subsidiary in Nairobi, Kenya. It was hosted together with representatives from Austrade and Bluechain’s Yoku Korsah, Managing Director of Africa, and Kurt Mueffelmann, Global Executive Vice President.

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Work, life and purpose

Work, life and purpose

We need to know who we are and what we are good at, risking everything in the pursuit of our dreams, as we nurture and hone our skills.

By EDWIN MOINDI

For work to happen, effort and energy has to be dispensed. There was a time when our ancestors had no luxury in choosing the work they did. The land they lived off dictated that. But every time a civilisation arose, labour became the fuel for its growth. Under such circumstances labour was divided into social classes and the people who worked the hardest and received a pittance were the slave class. They had no free will and only lived on the whims of their masters.

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Boards should make diversity and inclusion top priority

Boards should make diversity and inclusion top priority

The KIM Leadership and Diversity Report (2017) has established that the boards and senior management teams of NSE-listed companies are largely male, lack youth representation and are skewed in terms of skills mix. Andia Chakava, Kenya Chapter chairperson of New Faces New Voices, speaks on the importance of age, socio economic, ethnic and gender inclusion.

1. From a leadership viewpoint, why is diversity and inclusion important to business?

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An expert’s view of Kenya’s healthcare

An expert’s view of Kenya’s healthcare

Dr. Dan Gikonyo, Founder, Karen Hospital says the status of healthcare system in Kenya is beyond what we have in our neighbouring countries.

By MURUGI NDWIGA

Kenya’s healthcare system has been on a rollercoaster. Lack of proper equipment and expertise, poor service delivery and inadequate medication are some of the challenges the sector has suffered. Despite the shortfalls, there is tremendous improvement compared to the 1980s. “The status of healthcare system in Kenya is beyond what we have in our neighbouring countries. It is something we should be proud of and thank the government for,” says Dr. Dan Gikonyo, Founder, Karen Hospital. Gikonyo, who has seen the medical field evolve with different power regimes from the 1980s. He opines that developments in Kenya’s healthcare system are commendable.

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Clever ways to know YOUR COMPETITOR 

Clever ways to know YOUR COMPETITOR 

Gather information from companies’ websites, customers, surveys, conferences and social media to understand more about products and other environmental aspects for strategic purposes. 

By LIZZ WAMBUA

Competitive intelligence (CI) is the act of gathering and analysing information in order to gain knowledge on competitors, customers, products and other environmental aspects for strategic purposes.

Information is gathered from companies’ websites, customers, surveys, conferences and social media. Benjamin Gilad, a professor of business strategy and author, in his writing “Competitive Intelligence Shouldn’t Just Be about Your Competitors” says CI is a perspective on changing market conditions. This means identifying risks and opportunities early enough to allow the company adapt its strategy or in extreme cases, change it.

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Is it a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

Is it a ‘yes’ or ‘no’?

By JOYCE KADUKI

In the traditional African setting, women were the primary caregivers in homes. They took care of children, the sick and the elderly, among a myriad of other household chores. This was in addition to shouldering activities outside the home like tilling the land. As a result, saying ‘yes’ to a wide range of requests came naturally to them.

Today, the world has changed. A lot of women now work outside the home, in addition to taking time to go to school and advance their careers.

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Towards a hallmark of innovation

Towards a hallmark of innovation

By KRIS SENANU

Last week, I had to re-new my insurance premiums and the journey begun from a call with the broker who asked that I take the car for valuation, after which he would send me the report. I would then be required to fill in some new forms, send the payment and wait another 48 hours to get my new sticker! This got me thinking about how very little has changed about insurance since I bought my first car 22 years ago. Actually, the only difference in the process is that my assistant is now able to pay using mobile money as opposed to queuing at the bank. If anything, the certificate was actually processed on the same day but the paper work seems to be a constant, or even more.

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How to execute a new strategy

How to execute a new strategy

By FRANCIS FONDO

Even at this day and age, many organisations view the launch of a strategic plan as an end to itself. There is normally pomp and celebrations during the launch where the full board, management and staff including, shareholders are in attendance. After the celebrations, everything is left to management to implement. Everyone else retreats to their cocoon hoping results will flow automatically.

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