The 5th National KAIZEN Conference
The 5th National KAIZEN Conference took place at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka on the 3rd and 4th of November, 2015. The Conference was the first one to be hosted by the Kaizen Institute of Zambia (KIZ) which was established in 2014. His Excellency Kiyoshi Koinuma, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, was invited as a special guest. Twenty-four (24) companies and institutions participated in the Conference.
At the Conference, the organizations competed in three categories: manufacturing sector, non-manufacturing sector and public sector. The invited judges were JICA experts as well as Kaizen experts from Ethiopia and Malaysia. The participants presented their Kaizen activities such as ‘genba’ or field analysis and business improvement plans that led to tangible results such as enhancement of workers’ safety, customer satisfaction and profit margin. There were also lively discussions at the question and answer sessions. Furthermore, Ambassador Peter L Kasanda, Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, stated at the opening of the Conference that H.E. President Edgar Chagwa Lungu also emphasized in his speech at the opening of the National Assembly in September 2015, that it is important to increase productivity of workers and to institutionalize KAIZEN in public establishment for the economic development of Zambia. Thus, it was indeed a timely occasion to hold the KAIZEN Conference as it served to build a momentum towards industry development.
Gold Awards were given to the following companies and institutions:
Manufacturing Sector: Strongpak Ltd
Non-Manufacturing Sector: Taj Pamodzi Hotel
Public Sector: Public Service Management Division, Cabinet Office
The Japanese government, through JICA, is supporting KAIZEN activities in order to strengthen the competitiveness of industries in Zambia. Through the “National KAIZEN Project”, Japan has supported the establishment of KIZ, capacity building of local consultants, implementation of KAIZEN methods in public and private organizations, regional seminars and international networking in the field of KAIZEN.
To read the speech by Ambassador Koinuma at the Conference, click here.
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