Technological Cost and Regulatory Framework and Uptake of Standards by Micro Small and Medium Enterprises in Kenya: A Case Study of Selected Enterprises in Nairobi County

Authors : Samuel Njau Njorogea; Peter Kithaeb

Volume/Issue : Volume 8 - 2023, Issue 11 - November

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the technological factors and uptake of KEBS standards by micro small and medium enterprises in Kenya with specific reference to Nairobi County in Kenya. The specific purpose of the study was to determine how the cost of technology, technological competencies technological automation, and regulatory framework affect the uptake of standards by micro small, and medium enterprises in Kenya. A descriptive study methodology was used, and a case study approach was employed in the study to collect extensive and unambiguous data. Nairobi County was used with a target population of 2956 micro, small, and medium business enterprises. These were selected from the Kenya Bureau of Standards Product Certification office for firms with standardization marks since 2019. stratified random sampling techniques were applied to pick a sample of 296 MSMEs operating in Nairobi County. The data was corrected by use of open and closed questionnaires which were analyzed both qualitatively and quantitatively, where quantitative data was presented using tables and graphs while qualitative data was presented using descriptive notes. The findings from the analyzed data show that respondents agreed that the cost of technology technological competencies, technological automation, and regulatory framework affects the uptake of standards by micro small, and medium enterprises in Kenya. The sturdy recommended reduction in the cost of technology by lowering the price of equipment software and machines. There is a need to increase government funding for MSMEs and policies to support local production of equipment to ensure they are affordable for small businesses. Also, startup incentives and packages promote the use of KEBS Standards and the utilization of technology in production. This would result in a higher uptake of KEBS standards which has a positive correlation to economic development. This accelerates the growth of the manufacturing sector, creating employment, and increasing the GDP of the country. Higher profit due to quality products and services that are competitive in the market resulting in the growth of local production by micro, small, and medium enterprises. This is a huge milestone in opening up the country for industrialization and the attainment of sustainable development with economic, environmental, and social pillars.

Keywords : Automation,Competence,Cost, Regulations, Uptake of Standards, Technological Cost, Regulatory Framework.


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