Firm to manufacture condoms locally

Posted on August 10, 2011

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Below is a press release from the Ministry of Industrialization on a company that will soon start manufacturing of condom locally. This is expected to save the government billions of shillings currently spent in importation of condoms

-Bizextras

PRESS RELEASE

The government, through the Ministry of Industrialization is in the process of signing a memorandum of Understanding (MOU), with the East Africa Latex Manufacturing company to start manufacturing condoms and other Latex rubber products locally.

After the signing of the agreement in the next one week, the Company will start manufacturing the products in its Nairobi based processing plant, a step which experts view that it would save the country billions of shillings currently being used to import the products to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS.

During a meeting with stake holders yesterday, the Permanent secretary for Industrialization , Dr. Karanja Kibicho, said the government would be a major buyer of Condoms and other Latex product including rubber gloves used by public and private hospitals around the country.

The PS noted that the project would be viable given that the government presently spent a huge chunk of its revenue to import the products abroad while the same could be purchased at reduced prices the moment the signing of the MOU is complete adding that production is expected to be commissioned by December this years.

The Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation (ICDC) is to partner with the EALM, to fund the inaugural manufacture of the condoms which will also create jobs apart from enabling the country to export the products to other countries in the COMESA region.

During the meeting at the Ministry headquarters attended by officials from Public Procurement Oversight Authority, (PPOA), National Aids Control Council (NACC), and EALM, KEBS,and the National Quality Control Laboratories, the PS said the drafting of the MOU was now complete and ready for signing by his office and other concerned parties to facilitate urgent funding and other initial modalities.

It is estimated that the NACC uses over 4 million units of condoms annually and the coming of a local processing plant will be a milestone in the achievements of Millennium Development Goals on job creation, and economic progress.

Kenya will be the first country in the COMESA region to manufacture Latex Condoms as soon as the plants being operational.

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