Kenya Vision 2030 Secretariat is seeking partnership with Busia to transform the border county into an industrial hub.
A team from the secretariat led by Director Economic pillar Veronica Okoth toured the County on Thursday where they held a meeting with Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi at the County Headquarters boardroom.
Addressing the press after the meeting, Muthoni said Busia is the main outlet to East and Central Africa which deserves a Special Economic Zone to transform it into an industrial hub.
” Busia has comparative advantage due to its geo position. There is therefore need to make it a logistic hub with the task of packaging goods for export.
The County can also undertake Fish processing and manufacturing clothes but mainly for export,” she said, adding that the Secretariat is also keen in ensuring roads are expanded to spur regional trade.
The Deputy Governor who was flanked by Finance Executive Leonard Obimbira and Director Trade Vincent Asikoye welcomed the idea of SEZ and various economic zones including a dry and delivery ports and inter county trade, adding that the County needs to benefit from regional trade.
” We need to fast track the engagement to make Busia a Tiger County in Kenya. The county faces many bottlenecks including road infrastructure and water which needs to be addressed,” he said.
Assistant Director Enablers Iddi Masoud called for cooperation of the County Government in helping Kenya National Highway Authority in land acquisition to expand the Northern Corridor and for the planned Standard Gauge Railway which will boost the economy of the border county.
Masoud said Kenya Vision 2030 will also partner with Busia County to ensure that stalled projects, some spanning two decades are completed. He urged the county leadership to identify the projects .
Kenya Vision 2030 will on March 2nd mark the 10th anniversary since the Vision 2030 Blue Print was launched in 2008.
Muthoni said activities lined up includes sensitization of all Kenyans on what Vision 2030 has achieved so far. ” We have made tremendous strides. Our per capita income now stands at 3,000 US Dollars. Our target is 20,000 USD by 2030,” he said.