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Kenya Vision 2030 seeks partnership to make Busia an industrial hub

Photo:  Kenya Vision 2030  Director, Economic Pillar  Veronica Muthoni Okoth hands over a copy of  Vision 2030 Blue Print to  Busia Deputy Governor   Moses Mulomi in Busia on Thursday.

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.

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