County fights to regain industrial hub, city status
SEE ALSO :DNA test for baby claimed by 2 couplesThe Oserian Development Company Finance Director, Tim Ndikwe said two other investors will soon be setting up their facilities at the Park and that negotiations were at an advanced stage. All these developments are coming at a time when our county ready to be upgraded to a city with Naivasha becoming a dry port after the completion of the Standard Gauge Rail phase II” said Ndikwe. The Finance Director stated that the Industrial park also integrated strategic infrastructure development, technological and agricultural practice innovation and efficient and sustainable use of natural resources. The governor said the Nakuru International Investment Conference (NIICO) held last year has started bearing fruits with more companies expressing interest in setting up factories in the County. “We also invite Investors to take advantage of the 1,000 acres of land in satellite along the Mai Mahiu- Suswa Road that has been gazetted as an industrial zone,” he said.
SEE ALSO :Wife kills 41-year old man in brew rowKinyanjui asserted that his administration will work with other agencies to facilitate potential investors through the establishment of a one-stop-shop where they can be issued with the required documentation. “The county hosted an international investment conference during which investors expressed their confidence to set up their base in various parts of Nakuru,” noted the governor, adding that the county could provide space at a convenient location for logistics as a way of wooing more investors. The county is experiencing an influx of mega industries with multinationals as well as government investing billions of shillings to set up manufacturing plants mostly in Naivasha, Gilgil and Rongai and Njoro Sub counties. A recent survey on the Gross County Product by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics had stunning revelations to the effect that Nakuru is the second biggest economy after Nairobi, ahead of bigger cities of Mombasa and Kisumu. The county’s 6.1 percent contribution to the economy, second to Nairobi’s 21.7 percent may rise further following ongoing and planned industrial developments expected to create more wealth and employment opportunities. The turn-round of fortunes is a great relief to scores of jobless residents in the County that once hosted mega industries such as Coca Cola’s flamingo bottlers, dry cell manufacturer, Eveready East Africa, the once giant Unga Group, Pyrethrum Board of Kenya, and Milling Corporation of Kenya among others.
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