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Metal Recycling News January 27, 2022 12:45:01 PM

KAM Praised Kenya's Ban on Scrap Metal Trade

Paul Ploumis
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He reiterated KAM’s commitment to work in partnership with the newly created Scrap Metal Council to develop fresh guidelines on scrap metal trade.

KAM Praised Kenya's Ban on Scrap Metal Trade

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM) has praised the recent decision by the Kenyan administration to ban scrap metal trade in the country, saying that the move will give much needed boost to major infrastructure projects, which in turn will drive the country’s economy.

According to Bobby Johnson, Chairman of KAM’s metal and allied sector, there has been significant jump in acts of vandalism on infrastructure including roads, railway lines and power lines across the country. This has not only impacted the efficiency of the projects, but also has resulted in significant financial losses to the country.

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He reiterated KAM’s commitment to work in partnership with the newly created Scrap Metal Council to develop fresh guidelines on scrap metal trade. In a statement, KAM said that it will continue its collaboration with government through the various ministries and other industry stakeholders towards effective implementation of guidelines.

Meantime, the members of the Kenya Iron and Scrap Metal Association (KISMA) demanded lifting of the ban, while extending all support to stop vandalism of government infrastructure.

The directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta follows dramatic surge in acts of vandalism. The moratorium on scrap metal trade will be in place until the government announces effective measures to track the sourcing, trade and export of scrap metal.

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