Leather Articles Entrepreneurs Association (LAEA) has called for talks with stakeholders on how small and medium enterprises (SMEs) can take their place at the upcoming Ngozi Leather Park, SME Park section in Athi River.
SMEs are also concerned that the site allocated to them may not be adequate to accommodate all those interested in operating at the park.
Given that the park is positioned to increase production of value added products 10-fold, availability of inputs such as finished leather from tanneries could be difficult to access by those operating outside the park.
These fears are escalated with the emergence of large-scale leather manufacturers set to invest at the park with the capacity to turn units never witnessed before in Kenya.
The group wants the Ministry of Industrialisation and the Kenya Leather Development Council (KLDC) to devise a formula that will ensure SMEs are guaranteed support to thrive both inside and outside the SME Park.