Kepsa unveils plan to address coronavirus economic fallout

Kenya Private Sector Alliance CEO Carole Kariuki. FILE PHOTO | NMG

The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (Kepsa) has developed a three-point Action Plan to mobilise its members in offering support to the health and food production sectors in the country in the wake of the coronavirus.

In a statement to the media Monday, Kepsa Chief Executive Carole Karuga said the action plan will outline measures to support new manufacturing businesses to fill emerging gaps in global supply chains as a result of the pandemic.

“The plan will also highlight ways to encourage domestic production of essential items that were previously imported and accelerate the adoption of innovative business models and technologies required during the crisis,” she noted.

The framework seeks to advise businesses on how to offer support to government initiatives in containing the virus that has currently infected 42 people and killed one. In offering its support to the health sector, Ms Karuga notes that local businesses need to ensure that they manufacture as many health essentials as possible, saying this will help curb the virus.

“Some of these health essentials include masks, sanitizers, disinfectants, and other medical products. In addition, members have formed initiatives to get ventilators to complement government efforts. Businesses are also driving public awareness hygiene campaigns as well as producing and delivering sanitizers to the public,” she said.

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