NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 8 – The government has pledged to play a key role in the development of county-based industrial enterprises as part of the national industrialisation goals.
Industrialization and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed says plans are already underway to formulate county specific industrial development master plans.
Mohamed said that such master plans, developed in conjunction with the respective county authorities, will provide a road-map to guide a county level industrial revival in coming weeks.
“The County Industrial Development Master Plans will focus on the respective county competitive strengths such as land availability, energy supply, raw materials and access to markets in order to achieve robust and sustainable plans,” he said.
He said that such county level plans are critical in the overall national effort to attract investors in the industrial sector.
“Such County Master Plans will identify ideal locations for industrial development, financing options and priorities based on local resources and energy supply considerations to support the short and long term industrial development agenda,” he said.
He further expressed the need to empower the Small Medium and Enterprises (SMEs) sector with proper planning, including the provision of common manufacturing facilities; standardization and market access to enable the country achieve the desired economic transformation.
The ministry, he assured, will fast track the planning process to enable the counties to have interim plans as soon as possible.
He was addressing County Executive Committee members in charge of industry drawn from all the 47 counties.