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Small and Medium-sized Entreprises (SMEs) have been urged to enlighten themselves on ways to access funding from county and national governments to help achieve green climate.

Speaking when they met to discuss the role SMEs could play in reducing air pollution yesterday, the Pan-African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) and the Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE) said there was more opportunity for all to play in ensuring reduction of emission and adaptation to the climate crisis.

KIE and PACJA will therefore hold a two-day workshop with more than 50 participants drawn from the SMEs and targeted Government and other institutions on June 3 and June 4, in preparation for the World Environment Day to be marked on June 5. This year’s World Environment Day’s theme is “Air pollution”.

The PACJA and KIE workshop that will also involve Youth 4SDGs will have a theme: “Sustaining Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in Changing Climate for Inclusive Green Growth”.

Speaking at the meeting, PACJA’s Partnership and Outreach Officer Ann Kobia said they would work with KIE and other partners to ensure SMEs fully benefit from emerging opportunities in green growth.

 Parmain ole Narikae, the KIE Managing Director, said there was need for small-scale enterprises to work closely with PACJA and National Treasury to understand modalities of accessing the Green Climate Fund.

Monica C Kotut, the KIE Manager, Corporate Strategy and Planning, said Kenyan SMEs had become innovative, as some were recycling plastic bottles and using them as poles.

PACJA’s representatives also highlighted opportunities in the private sector, like banks, in financing innovative ideas for SMEs, more so for the youth.

“There is also need to encourage people to start businesses using Solar and wind energy. This will be one of the areas to be tackled during the two-day workshop,” said Ms Kobia.

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