By Michael Okidi – Public Communications

30th November 2015

Kenya is set to send a 250-strong team of artisans to the 16th Edition of the East African Community Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi exhibition that will be held at the Mnazi Mmoja Grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania from 30th November to 6th December, 2015.

A dispatch from the EAC Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania, indicated that apart from the hosts, Tanzania with 520 confirmed participants, Kenya’s contingent will be the second largest at the annual event which aims at showcasing home-made innovations and attracting regional markets for home made products.

Themed: “Buy Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) products, Build East Africa”, the exhibition provides a forum for artisans to demonstrate their innovations to an East African region that is focussed on attaining a fully-fledged common market complete with free movement of goods, services, labour, people, capital and the right of establishing business and residence.

The Principal Internal Trade Officer at the EAC Secretariat, Nduati Wa Karanja, said the exhibition’s theme is a portrayal of the role MSEs are expected to play in the growth and development of the region’s economies.

Apart from Kenya and hosts Tanzania, Mr. Karanja disclosed that so far Burundi had confirmed sending 50 artisans, Rwanda 100 and Uganda 80.

Interested participants from Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda are required to register with the respective ministries of Trade and Industry in those countries, while those in Kenya must register with the Small and Medium Enterprises Authority.

According to the programme released from the EAC Secretariat, the exhibition will be officially opened on 2ndDecember, 2015 by Tanzanian President, John Pombe Magufuli.

The EAC Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi Exhibition is as old as the EAC itself, having been held every year since 1999 through a collaboration between the EAC Secretariat, the Partner States and Confederation of Informal Sector Organizations East Africa (CISO-EA).