The project philosophy of the Sector Competitiveness Project (SCP) is based on the “One Village, One Product” movement which was originally pioneered in Oita Prefecture in Japan.
The idea behind the concept is that each municipality should have at least one competitive product that is distinctively its own to offer to the market. This would allow businesses in each village or cluster to specialise in areas of their competitive advantage, achieve economies of scale in production and also have access to common facilities including processing facilities and other common services.
The project adopts a variant of this concept to build for Kenya an integrated ecosystem for a particular sector (or subsector) and interconnectedness that aims to ensure a value chain approach to achieving globally competitive products–in terms of price, quality, timely availability and consistency.
The overarching goal of the SCP is to unlock the promise of an economic sector so that its products are competitive in terms of price, quality, timely availability and consistency as compared to imports. The specific impacts of the project include wealth creation; reduced imports; reduced counterfeits; raised enterprise revenues and profitability; increased employment and social stability; raised government revenues.