Transform Kenya Transmits Live Broadcast from Daystar Nairobi Campus
On 30th April, 2019, KTN News hosted another live broadcast of Transform Kenya Forum from Daystar University DAC Auditorium.
The topic of the day was Standardization and Quality of Trade in Kenya. The panel of seven included the Managing Director Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) Bernard Nguyo, the CEO Kenya Accreditation Service Martin Chesire, the Principal Secretary, State Department of Industry Ms. Betty Maina, Senior Operations Manager, Sous Droo Limited, Maxwell Kimeli Sawe, Vice-Chairman of Consumers Federation of Kenya (COFEK) .Benjamin Langwen, the Executive Director of the Anti-counterfeit Agency Elema Halake, and Secretary General of the International Organization for Standardization, (IOS), Sergio Mujica.
The Forum was aimed at explaining the importance of standardization in Kenya and how quality standards can help the Kenyan economy to grow by minimizing counterfeit products in the market.
Mr. Sergio Mujica said that studies showed that the implementation of quality standards can improve a country’s GDP by 28 percent.
The Managing Director Kenya Bureau of Standards, Mr. Bernard Nguyo explained that the process of developing standards was concept based and that the interests of consumers are key while talking about good standards. He assured Kenyans that standards made in Kenya were of high quality and meet the expectations of consumers.
On the question of what was being done to reduce imported counterfeit products, the PS Ms. Betty Maina said in order to reduce the number of imported counterfeit goods, the government had put in place strong border controls at the sea, airports and land boarders. She also revealed that the government has put a multi-agency in place to deal with counterfeit products.
According to Ms. Maina, all imports must conform to the standard of the country by being checked through market surveillance, boarder controls and the National Accreditation Service.
Mr. Elema Halake added that achieving standards is very costly, because it involves proper training and equipment.
On how to identify counterfeit good, Mr. Harake revealed “Usually counterfeited products are cheaper compared to the original products.”
Representing the consumers, Mr. Benjamin Langwen said consumers should be communicated the right information in a language they understand in order to make informed decisions on the products they buy.
Daystar Hosts KTN News Live Contest for LSK Male Rep
On Sunday May 5, 2019, KTN News hosted Checkpoint Special Edition, live from Daystar University DAC Auditorium. The live debate was intended to influence the final decision on LSK Election of the male representative on the Judicial Service Commission (JSC). The debate was hosted by Sophia Wanuna, a Daystar University Alumnus of 2015.
The four contestants were: Gathii Irungu, Macharia Njeru, Charles Ongoti and Prof. Tom Ojienda who was defending the seat for a second term, if he wins.
Live Contest for LSK Male Rep