Governors from the North Rift Region have pledged to work together in a bid to ensure the multi-billion African Economic Zone Pearl River Industrial park project expected to be set up at Plateau, Uasin Gishu county, succeeds.
Led by the North Rift economic bloc (Noreb) Chairman, Jackson Mandago, the governors who, included Stephen Sang (Nandi County) and Alex Tolgos( Elgeyo Marakwet) assured investors seeking to set up companies at the Industrial park that their investments will be safe.
Speaking during a dinner organized for Chinese investors at an Eldoret hotel on Saturday, the three governors said the region has the requisite raw materials and ready market for products that will be manufactured at the facility.
North Rift is the best region to invest. We have a favorable climate, infrastructure and resources and we want to assure you of our full support in terms of skilled personnel, said Mandago.
National government and counties are putting in resources to make sure that the project kicks off well. We have the goodwill and we will work together, he added.
Sang echoed similar sentiments saying the project will go a long way towards boosting the economy of devolved units in the Noreb counties.
We are going to partner to make sure the project succeeds as it will transform our region economically, he said.
The project will create employment within the north rift region and the entire country in general. As a county we have interest in agro processing section as we have enough mangoes which are the raw materials for the factories, said Tolgos.
Businessman, David Lagat expressed confidence that the goodwill shown by local and national leaders will play a critical role in the project’s success.
The Sh.200 billion industrial park to be spearheaded by a Chinese firm, Guangdong New South Group Limited was launched on July 7th 2017, and is expected to employ up to 200,000 people once fully operational.
Source: Kenya News Agency