October 29, 2019
On October 29, IPA in collaboration with the Micro and Small Enterprises Authority (MSEA), a state corporation under the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Cooperatives held a one-day policy dialogue on MSME development in Kenya. The event aimed to bring together policymakers, researchers, and practitioners to discuss the key priorities, opportunities, and challenges facing the SME sector in the country.
Recognizing that the SME sector may be a catalyst to advancing economic and social development, the Kenyan government has rolled out the Big Four Agenda, under which SME will play an important role as part of the manufacturing agenda. However, rigorous evidence on what works to promote SME development is very limited, highlighting an urgent need to identify effective solutions that can steer investments to areas where they will have the most impact. This dialogue focused on: access to finance, management, and access to markets for SMEs.