Kenya Quality Awards for MSMEs Launched by KEBS

The Credit Guarantee Scheme is one of the government’s incentives to mobilise private sector capital towards development goals.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards has initiated Kenya Quality Award (KQA), to promote and entrench a quality culture amongst Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Kenya.

The Kenya Quality Award programme besides recognising MSMEs to produce quality products, they will assist them to initiate, develop and implement quality management systems to a status of certification.

“We recognize the opportunity to build capacities for MSMEs to develop formal quality models that will help them mature to effective sustainable quality management systems,” said Kebs acting managing director, Bernard Njiraini during the launch on Monday.

The Kenya QualityAwards targets enterprises in three main categories:

i) Micro: Annual turnover Ksh 1 – 500,000
ii) Small: Annual turnover Ksh 500,000 – 5,000,000
iii) Medium: Annual Turnover Ksh 5,000,000 – 50,000,000

Applicants are evaluated by independent assessors using the KQA Criteria for Excellence, which measures an organization in 5 key areas:

  • Process Management
  • Resources Management
  • Leadership,
  • Customer and Market Focus
  • Society & Environmental Responsibility.

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