NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 17 – In an effort to push the concept of devolution, Strathmore Business School will this month host a forum to discuss investment opportunities in various Counties.
The first ever forum organised by the school is expected to bring together the school’s alumni, Cabinet Secretaries, Governors, Senators and business leaders in the country.
The forum dubbed, Great Africans’ Gateway will focus on helping various investors understand the importance of investing in Counties away from Nairobi and other major cities in the country.
The Governors and Senators will have a time to showcase some of the unique business opportunities in their respective counties and how local and even international investors can move to start businesses there and create jobs.
Speaking ahead of the three-day forum to kick off on September 27, at the Great Rift Valley Lodge in Naivasha, Strathmore Business School Marketing Manager Wangui Kanyotu noted that it was time for the private sector to take advantage of devolution before the whole concept is fully overtaken by politics.
“We have been hearing topics about oil and gas, where Turkana has typically moved from the forgotten land to ‘Canaan’. Now they even have water. It is really a very attractive County and we have invited the governor Josphat Nanok to come and talk about what Kenyans can do to invest in Turkana,” she said.
“Beyond politics – and the whole aspect of devolution being politics – that is where the business community comes in,” she said in an interview with Capital FM Business.
Kanyotu emphasised on the need for the county leaders to work with the local investors and market their counties and attract international investors.
“We have to look at the leaders who will serve the society and transform it into a better Kenya, East Africa and a better Africa,” she explained.
Apart from the devolution aspect the event will also serve as a better platform for various businesses people to network.