February 16, 2018
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry with some of the participants pose for a group photo with invited guests (5th L-R)
2018 National Kaizen Champions of the year Hitachi Construction Machinery Ltd and Strong Pak Limited both from the manufacturing sectors
Kaizen Institute of Zambia (KiZ) under the Ministry of Commerce, Trade and Industry hosted the 2018 National Kaizen Conference from the 15th to 16th February, 2018 in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The National Kaizen Conference is a platform that offers all Kaizen practicing companies an opportunity to showcase or share their Kaizen activities and achievements in Zambia. The theme for this year was "Transforming Zambia through Continuous Improvement towards International Competitiveness".
During the conference 19 presentations on activities for improving quality and productivity using various Kaizen Methods were shared. Participating companies were Kafue Gorge Regional Training Centre, Road Development Agency, Lukanga Water and Sewerage Company, Kafubu Water and Sewerage Company, NAC 2000 Limited, ZAMEFA, Strong Pak Limited, Afil Engineering, ZAMSHU, Hitachi, Wanzana, Varun Beverages Limited and Universal Mining Chemical Industry. And the end of the conference Hitachi and Strong Pak Limited emerged victorious.
Kaizen is not limited to simple management methods, but it is focused on changing of peoples' mind and way of thinking to consistently pursue higher levels of quality and productivity in both private and public sector. Since inception in February 2014, of National Kaizen Project, 16 Kaizen Consultants have been trained and certified by KiZ. A total of 77 companies/organisations have received Kaizen consultations services (manufacturing 28 and non-manufacturing 49). And 162 Quality Control Circles teams have received training comprising of 65 manufacturing and 97 non- manufacturing.
Kaizen is a proven performance that can lead to a great impact such that an increasing number of companies are now getting on board in Zambia.
We hope that Kaizen will enhance international competitiveness of Zambian companies and organisations by promoting quality and productivity improvement and business excellence.