EPZ, County partner to establish industrial park

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EPZ Authority and Kakamega County Government have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the establishment of an industrial park in Mumias sub-county.

The partnership has seen the County set aside 48 acres of land for the development of an industrial park expected to boost Kakamega’s industrialisation plan in line with the manufacturing pillar of the country’s Big Four Agenda.

The County also announced that an additional 52 acres of land will be set aside for a similar purpose. As part of the MoU, Kakamega County Government will ensure the development of key infrastructure; road network and water supply to fast-track the project.

Speaking during the MoU signing ceremony held at Kakamega County Government headquarters, Dr. Meshack Kimeu, the General Manager, Operations and Investor Support Directorate at EPZA noted that the Authority was committed to partnering with more counties to establish additional industrial parks.

CAPTION: From left standing: Mr Moses Sande, County Attorney, Mr Dickson Rayori (Kakamega County), Mr Fred Biketi (EPZA), Mr Paul Posho, County Economic Advisor, Mr Ephantus Mogere, Asst. Manager, Legal Services, EPZA, Mr Andrew Njuru, Asst. Manager, Property, EPZA, Mr George Mbagaya, Mr Fanuel Wemoli (both from Kakamega County) and Mr Moses Kipkebutt, EPZA Regional Manager, Western and Rift Valley.

Seated from left: Dr George Lutomia, CECM for ICT, e-Government and Communication, Dr Meshack Kimeu General Manager, Operations and Investor Support Directorate, EPZA and Mr Kassim Were Ali, CECM for Trade, Industrialization and Tourism.

EPZ as a tool for regional development; EPZ Authority is seeking to establish more zones countrywide; in all the 47 counties to replicate the economic development impacts that the program has had in the regions they are already situated in.

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County Executive Committee Member for Trade, Industrialization and Tourism, Mr Kassim Were Ali expressed optimism that the partnership was capable of creating more than 5,000 jobs once the industrial park is developed and a variety of projects commence.

The County is rich in a variety of agricultural products which present EPZ investment opportunities in agro-processing and value addition manufacturing.

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