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Step up crackdown on illegal imports, manufacturers tell govt

A section of industrialists has accused the government of not doing enough to incentivise doing business in Kenya and of not protecting local industries from goods smuggled into the country. Pwani Oil director, Raju Malde, told the Business Daily Monday that cheap imports flooding the market had forced the firm to shelve production in a move that it says derailed its consistency in the market.

Step up crackdown on illegal imports, manufacturers tell govt

Containers at the port of Mombasa. FILE PHOTO | NMG

A section of industrialists has accused the government of not doing enough to incentivise doing business in Kenya and of not protecting local industries from goods smuggled into the country. Pwani Oil director, Raju Malde, told the Business Daily Monday that cheap imports flooding the market had forced the firm to shelve production in a move that it says derailed its consistency in the market.“Basically, we were not able to compete with these imports and therefore sales stopped, the production also had to stop and that resulted in losses. Unfortunately, you cannot send people back home immediately so you are paying salaries but you are not selling. You are paying all the taxes, the power cost and fuel cost but production was not happening,” he said.His views were echoed by a section of private sector players while presenting their views to the Vision 2030 Delivery Board in Mombasa last week.

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They were presenting their views to State officials and the Vision 2030 Delivery Board led by chairman and Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi last week.Most private sector players at the forum said that despite a number of advancements by government to improve their welfare, the board and State still needed to do more to bring about the kind of results envisioned in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four plan.

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