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The Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has joined hands with the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) to impart knowledge on green climate among the youth and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

PACJA and KIE are started a two-day training of more than 50 participants at a Nairobi hotel, with a focus on the role of SMEs in reduction of air pollution.

Speaking at the training today, PACJA Executive Director Mithika Mwenda said KIE and the Alliance had set up a vehicle for inclusive green growth for SMEs to ensure is sustainable green growth. The initiative is aimed at toning down the high rate of unemployment, especially among the youth.

Mr Mithika acknowledged that PACJA was doing quite well in regards to climate justice, but expressed the need to include SMEs in the fight against the crisis.

He said that we have the right climate policies, giving an example of the Green Economy Strategy, National Climate Policy and the ACT itself.

Mithika engaged the participants by enquiring from them how they would ensure that the policies at hand serve them better. He reminded them that there were massive opportunities awaiting them under the Big Four agenda, as well as the fight against climate change. “We must start looking at Climate Change as an opportunity, not just a threat, by innovating ways that will deal with it. This way we will create more employment opportunities for many youth,” said Mithika.

He added that there was need to add laws to curb people from stealing ideas from SMEs as seen in the past.

Mithika Said It was important to increase knowledge not only to the benefit of PACJA and its partners, but also help to support small-scale enterprises.

He challenged his audience to take advantage of the rural industrialization, especially now that they have the luxury of KIE having branches in all the 47 counties.

Mithika briefed the participants about the ongoing Green Climate Fund access and Modalities training in counties. The said training is ongoing in Mombasa for the coastal counties, and is meant to enlighten people in the grassroots on GCF.

The SMEs’ and youth training started June 3, 2019 and ends on June 4.

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