April Issue 1 2013

CPI and Inflation Rates for March 2013

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics released the Consumer Price Indices (CPI) and rates of inflation for March 2013. These numbers have been generated using data collected during the second and third weeks of

the month under review. Prices were obtained from selected retail outlets in 25 data collection zones located in 13 urban centers.

The CPI increased by 1.01 per cent from 136.59 in February 2013 to 137.96 in March 2013.  The overall inflation rate stood at 4.11 per cent in March 2013. Housing, Water, Electricity, Gas and Other fuels’ index went up by 0.96 per cent between February and March 2013. This increase was mainly caused by higher costs of electricity, kerosene, Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) and other cooking fuels.

In particular, during the review period, electricity charges went up on account of higher fuel and forex adjustment charges which rose from Kshs 5.38 to Kshs 6.21 and from Kshs 1.04 to Kshs 1.69 per KWh respectively. The Transport Index went up by 1.49 per cent over the same period due to higher costs of petrol, diesel, taxi, and bus/matatu fares.

 

Consultants required for the National Mechanism for Compliance (NMC) project

Despite a milliard of both public and private tools governing the regulation of the cut flower industry in the realm of labour standards, protection and stewardship of natural resources, it is clear from consistent reports and concerns raised by various stakeholders, that more work on the robustness of implementation needs to be done.

Further processing and sharing of information regarding sustainability of the industry with specific target stakeholders, an effective communications strategy has been identified as a key factor in maintaining and indeed growing the 35% Kenyan market share of the European Union cut flower imports.  It is worth Kshs 45 billion annually and provides employment to over 90,000 people and supports close to 2 million livelihoods in Kenya.

Through different channels available, the communications strategy should provide clear messages to convey information on quality assurance and industry against the parameters of sustainability on environment stewardship and socio-accountability. It should also provide for comprehensive risk analysis for the industry as well as the country and draw a management plan, complete with the necessary resources, to ensure that issues of concern arising are dealt with appropriately.

With funding from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs Agriculture and Innovation, the Kenya Flower Council, through a Kenya Flower Industry Capacity Building for Sustained Market Access; the National Mechanism for Industry Wide Compliance (NMC) project, seeks consultants to assist the industry draw a national strategy to address the situation over a period of 18 months.

As a prerequisite, or indeed an input into the communication strategy, a review of the current industry code of practice- Kenya National Standards – KS1758 (2004)- against international best practices, market requirements and national laws and regulations is necessary.  The review should aim at updating and benchmarking it to key and pertinent industry standards for relevance. Thereafter, establish a national mechanism to ensure compliance through a credible participatory and transparent quality assurance scheme, geared to demonstrate the Kenya flower industry commitment to sustainability. All the proposed activities will be done in consultation with the Kenya Flower Council Chief Executive Officer.

For the Terms of Reference for the desired consultants please open link below;

http://kenyaflowercouncil.org/pdf/TOR%20FOR%20CONSULTANTS%20SUB%20SCOPES%20APRIL%204th.pdf

Kindly respond to the Chief Executive Kenya Flower Council, Kenya Flower Council, email kfc@wananchi.com or ceo@kenyaflowercouncil.org by April 13, 2013.

 

Consultant required for Integrated Water Resource Action Plan Programme

Integrated Water Resource Action Plan Programme is a four-year project spearheaded by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).  The main objective is to create essential enabling conditions for effective water regulation and governance, sustainable land and natural resource use and sustainable development in the Lake Naivasha Basin (The lake and catchment areas).

In collaboration with the Kenya Flower Council (KFC), WWF will implement one key activity that is geared towards increasing sustainable production and good stewardship in Lake Naivasha Basin through development and adoption of national watershed standards and certification protocols.

The current water resource experiences pressure from growing populations, global climate change and changing lifestyles. To handle these challenges, the world requires an international approach to water use that can be applied consistently across regions and sectors. One suggestion is to learn from the developments of the “Alliance for Water Stewardship”, an initiative of the Pacific Institute, the nature conservancy and water stewardship Australia which is an international standard, geared towards minimizing the negative impacts and maximizing the positive effects of social, environmental and economic water use. The Draft Standard defines a set of stewardship steps, principles, criteria and indicators on how water should be managed at a site and watershed level in a way that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable.

It is from this perspective that the KFC seeks to engage a consultant.  For the Terms of Reference for the desired consultant please open link below:

http://kenyaflowercouncil.org/pdf/WWF-%20IWRAP%20TORs%20Watershed%20water%20footprint%20APRIL%204th.pdf

 

Kindly respond to the Chief Executive, Kenya Flower Council, email kfc@wananchi.com or ceo@kenyaflowercouncil.org by, April  13, 2013.

 

HPP exhibitions to hold a meeting in Nairobi

HPP exhibitions will hold a meeting on the upcoming IFTEX scheduled to take place in Nairobi from the 5th to the 7th of June, on Friday 12th of April at 14:00 pm at the Jacaranda hotel in Westlands.

There will also be information on exhibiting in the trade fairs scheduled to take place later this year.  They include the one in Russia (August 28-30) and the one in Holland (November 6-8).

For any questions or an individual meeting kindly can call Dick on 18th and 19th February on local mobile: 0715-176-928 or +31-6-53-75-1018. Email: dick@hpp.nl.

 

Kenyan flower growers at New York fair

The World Floral Expo took place from 13th to 15th March 2013 ended well for most of its exhibitors in the Jacob. K. javits Convention Center. This is according to HPP Exhibitions the organizers of the show.

Growers from different countries participated for example Colombia, Ecuador, and Kenya. Both Ecuador and Kenya mounted a national pavilion displaying mainly roses. The majority of visitors were importers, wholesalers, retailers and event planners. Besides the trade show, ongoing flower design demonstrations and floral workshops were offered to attendees.

With 101 exhibitors and 1234 visitors from all over the world, this year’s edition of World Floral Expo gave the US floral industry another chance to get itself updated on the latest developments in the world of cut flowers.

The first two days were the best attended, according to most exhibitors. There was overall satisfaction about the number of contacts that were made and many of them confirmed to exhibit again next year.

In 2014 the trade show will move to another city in the USA. “To get the best result for our exhibitors, it is necessary to move around in the country”, according to Dick van Raamsdonk, organizer of the show.” You just don’t get all the floral trade into your show, if you don’t get close enough to them”. Which city it will be in 2014 is still undecided, but there is a shortlist of potential locations. The 2014 city will be announced soon.

 

Dutch flower exporters of DFG merge

The Dutch flower exporters Hamifleurs and Ed de Groot Bloemenexport will merge. Both companies are part of the Dutch Flower Group (DFG) and are situated at the Trade Park Westland next to the auction FloraHolland.

Both companies will retain their names even after the merger and only merge their logistical activities and organizations. The present directors of Hamifleurs Cor van Staalduinen and Edwin Beekman will become the directors of the new company, while Ed de Groot will be in charge of the ‘Ed de Groot’ part of the company.

Source: Hortibiz

 

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