American Multinational Companies in a joint effort to Support Kenya in tackling Coronavirus crisis

Phillipine Mtikitiki, Board President, AmCham Kenya

American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) Kenya, together with its members are implementing various measures aimed at supporting the Kenyan Government in its policy and behavioral protocols during the on-going COVID-19 crisis.

“Our members remain committed, ready and willing to support the Government of Kenya and Kenyans through this unprecedented crisis. We welcome the opportunity to engage and further explore ways in which American businesses can provide support and contribute to the country’s overall response to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Phillipine Mtikitiki, Board President, AmCham Kenya.

AmCham Kenya consisting of American private companies such as Coca-Cola, IBM, Microsoft, Uber, and Google, are making business adjustments for their employees and customers by enabling remote working and online learning to promote social distancing; and implementing initiatives focusing on public sensitization, early detection and treatment; and promoting hygiene standards.

Some of the efforts made towards early detection and treatment of the Coronavirus include; Coca-Cola’s partnership with a non-profit health organization to secure medical supplies and with the Kenya Red Cross to provide hydration and beverages to medical staff working on the frontline of testing quarantine centres.

Johnson and Johnson is providing nursing training support through the World Continuing Education Alliance digital platform. The content consists of the World Health Organisation approved curriculum that is being adapted by Aga Khan University School of Nursing and Midwifery in East Africa and the Nursing Council.

Cisco is supporting remote working for the Central Government, financial institutions, SME’s, education institutions, county governments, and other organizations. IGAD and Cabinet Meetings, for example, are being facilitated through Webex and Cisco devices.

Microsoft and Google are supporting remote learning for educational institutions by providing free access to the Microsoft Teams platform and working with the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development as it updates education material for its online platform. Google has created a website for distance learning resources. It is providing technical support to the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development in broadcasting its school lessons live on YouTube. Google has also extended advanced features of its video conferencing tool – Hangout Meet – for free to all subscribers of its suite of office productivity, including schools that get the suite for free.

IBM, on the other hand, is enabling remote online learning by making available their online learning platform for free training on new technologies including certification and online job search engines. This is accessible at www.digitalnationafrica.com.

To promote hygiene standards, Del Monte Kenya is partnering with the County Government of Murang’a to provide machinery and labor for fumigation of marketplaces, shopping centers, villages and where possible offices.

Uber Kenya has also, in a bid to promote social distancing, offered its platform for use by businesses and government for logistics and delivery infrastructure for COVID-19 essential products. In support of its customers, they have waived delivery fees for restaurants in order to encourage more home orders.

“Many of these companies have been dealing with the virus in other markets and are glad to support the government and local enterprises in not only protecting businesses but also in securing the livelihood of Kenyans,” added Mtikitiki.