The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has today launched the 6th edition of the Changamka Shopping Festival set to take place in Nairobi at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC). The festival’s has a focus on amplifying local manufacturing within the country.

The Changamka Shopping Festival 2023, which will run from 31st October to 4th November 2023, will bring together local manufacturers to showcase made in Kenya products, in line with the Buy Kenya Build Kenya Strategy. The strategy was formulated to address the gap in the consumption of locally manufactured goods compared to imported products.

The launched was presided over by Nairobi County Governor, H.E. Johnson Sakaja  “Changamka Festival is a great initiative to improving manufacturing in Kenya. As stakeholders, we know the challenges facing the manufacturing sector, including accessing local markets. The County Government of Nairobi will work with the National Government in ensuring that local manufacturers within and outside the county get the support they need. Initiatives such as these by Kenya Association of Manufacturers are worth every support if we want to double the contribution of local manufacturing to Kenya’s GDP,”.

Speaking during the launch, the KAM Chief Executive, Mr. Anthony Mwangi, said the Changamka Festival is a driving force in helping local manufacturers access local markets in showcasing their abilities and capabilities. He says the drive is pegged on addressing the gap in the consumption of locally manufactured goods compared to imported products.

Also at the launch event, KenInvest Managing Director, Ms June Chepkemei, representing Principal Secretary, State Department of Investments, Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry, reiterated the role the government is playing in making sure that investors get the support to set up projects and grow the economy.

Changamka Festival offers manufacturers an opportunity to showcase the quality and diversity of locally manufactured goods made for local, regional, and international markets, besides being able to meet their customers and sell their goods. It also gives an opportunity to Kenyan customers an opportunity to purchase various products right from the manufacturers at a discounted price.

The festival is sponsored by the Kenya Breweries Limited (KBL), KCB Group, NCBA Bank, GIZ – support on behalf of the Republic of Finland and the Federal Republic of Germany, Price Kata/Integral Media, Eco Bank, Nairobi City County, Smart Expo and Amonex Enterprises Limited.