Governor H.E Granton Samboja has welcomed the partnership with the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) , noting that the entity will create job opportunities targeting the youthful citizenry.
The EPZA will set up a processing zone in Voi.
Speaking at his office in Mwatate during a meeting with officials from the EPZA, Governor Samboja advised that this is an initiative to open the County to more economic opportunities and boost partnerships that will ensure that youths are included in the county development agenda.
He added that ensuring youths are accorded opportunities compliments other development projects being initiated.
“This initiative is a catalyst towards experiencing innovations and industrialization. Creating synergies with like-minded partners opens doors to serious opportunities,” the Governor stated.
Meanwhile, Deputy Governor H.E. Majala Mlagui echoed the Governor’s sentiments adding that the EPZA partnership will help to harness the rich resources of Taita Taveta County.
“This is a major milestone in line with the Vision 2030 pillars,” H.E. Mlagui noted.
The project will unlock the high potential in mining and agricultural production sectors.
EPZA CEO Henry Obino said that such joint initiatives stimulate domestic and foreign investments.
“The EPZ program is aimed at facilitating export oriented investments by stimulating domestic and foreign investments in the area of manufacturing, commercial and service activities. As a promotional program, it seeks to promote and diversify exports by moving away from traditional to value –added products. The EPZ program further seeks to develop public infrastructure through the development of public industrial zones such as the intended Voi EPZ,” Mr.Obiero said.
Apart from creating employment, the program enhances development of backward and forward linkages with the domestic economy through development of supply chains in local resource utilization and finally skills and technology transfer in management, marketing and production technology to locals.
He added that technological innovations and skill transfer will ensure products attain international standards.
A 200 acre land has already been identified for the project.
The governor later took the delegation on a site visit to the proposed land for the Voi EPZ at Ndii.
Technical teams from the County government and the EPZA will fast track the process.
In attendance during the courtesy call on Governor Samboja’s office in Mwatate were General Managers Mr. John Akara, Mr. Benjamin Chesang, Mr. Peter Wainaina, CECM in charge of Trade, Tourism, Industrialisation and Co-operatives Vumi Ringo, CECM in charge of Finance Mr.Andrew Kubo, CECM in charge of Lands Mwandawiro Mghanga among other senior County officials.