Kenya, like many nations, grapples with the significant challenge of unemployment. Recognizing the urgent need to address this issue, the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KNCCI) has taken a significant step towards creating opportunities for both skilled and unskilled unemployed Kenyans. On the 22nd of September, 2023, KNCCI signed an Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with The Kenya Association of Private Employment Agencies (KAPEA) and The Association of Skilled Migrant Agencies of Kenya (ASMAK).

The primary objective of the partnership was to foster growth, improve service delivery, and generate employment prospects for Kenyans. KNCCI is committed to establishing robust collaborations with labor-importing countries, including the Kenyan government, embassies, Council of Governors, and other chambers.

To effectively implement the MoU, ASMAK and KAPEA, in coordination with KNCCI, have embarked on an agreement with the Syndicate of the Owners of Recruitment Agencies in Lebanon (SORAL), representing Lebanese Companies. This agreement is aimed at facilitating the recruitment of semi-skilled and skilled professionals from Kenya for employment opportunities in Lebanon, all while adhering to their respective national laws and regulations.

As part of this initiative, Kenyan Agencies Representatives will provide pre-departure training to the employees, ensuring that they are well-prepared to excel in their respective roles in Lebanon. Additionally, the Lebanese Agent Representatives will communicate any special training requirements for employees destined to work in Lebanon to their Kenyan counterparts.

The Chamber President Dr. Erick Rutto in his remarks noted that the signing of this transformative agreement, emphasized the significance of this collaboration in enhancing trade relations between Kenya and Lebanon. This partnership not only addresses the pressing issue of unemployment in Kenya but also strengthens diplomatic ties and economic cooperation between the two nations.

The clearing office responsible for the effective execution of this partnership comprises three current officials from ASMAK: Francis Nduhiu Wahome, Monica Mwende Mwema, and Mercy Wairimu Warugu, alongside three current officials from KAPEA: Juma Omar Mwangala, Virginia Njoki Murigi, and Philip Mutiso Munyao.

This collaboration signifies a significant milestone in Kenya’s journey to combat unemployment and create opportunities for its citizens. KNCCI, ASMAK, and KAPEA are committed to working together to drive economic growth and enhance the lives of countless Kenyans by providing them with employment opportunities both locally and abroad.