Kenya Industrial Estates signs an MOU with Industrialization Ministry to operationalize Constituency Industrial Development Centers (CIDCs) in the Country

Kenya Industrial Estates has entered in to an agreement with the Ministry of Industrialization in a bid to boost efficient management of industrial sheds constructed by the Ministry under the Economic Stimulus Program (ESP).

The MOU to manage the facilities was signed between the Ministry and Kenya Industrial Estates (KIE), a corporation charged with the responsibility of facilitating the development and incubation of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the country.

Industrialization PS Dr. (Eng). Karanja Kibicho signed on behalf of the Ministry while Mr. Julius Mokogi who is the KIE Managing Director, signed on behalf his organization.

The PS said that KIE will manage two Constituency Industrial Development Centres (CIDCs), one in Kiambaa constituency and another in Kitui central which have been fully equipped as a pilot project to guide the ministry on how to manage the rest of the workshops.

He said that the ministry is keen to see the outcome of the one-year agreement noting that managing of the workshops by KIE would serve as a learning experience on how to run the already completed 116 workshops in the country.

"The management of the sheds by KIE will guide the ministry on how to manage the rest of the CIDCs," said Eng. Kibicho while signing the MOU at the Teleposta Towers, the Ministry's headquarters in Nairobi. He added that the Ministry will be monitoring quite closely to see the progress.

While expressing his full confidence in the firm the PS said that as a company involved in establishing industrial parks, providing credit and business development services (BDS) sustainably to MSMEs, KIE has vast experience in running such facilities efficiently and effectively.

KIE Managing Director on his part said that the corporation is committed to effectively operationalizing the CIDCs adding that the company has already put in place necessary measures to take over the two facilities spelt out in the MOU.

The Construction and equipping of 210 CIDCs in all the country's constituency at a cost of 3.5million each is a project under the Economic Stimulus Program (ESP) being implemented by the Ministry of Industrialization.

Out of the 210 CIDCs earmarked for construction, the ministry has so far completed the construction of 116 CIDCs located in the 116 constituencies. The ministry is however still going on with equipping of the centres with machine tools.

The CIDCs are expected to provide worksites and equipment for Small and Medium Enterprises and support value addition to products in the country. This will in turn create jobs and increase the share of locally produced products in the market.

Those who were present during the signing ceremony included, the Ministry's legal Officer Ms Ann Kaiga, KIE's Company Secretary Ms. Edna Adala, KIE's Industrial Estates & Business Incubation Manager Mr. J.K Tele, the Ministry's acting director in charge of Micro and Small Industries Mr. Hezekiah Okeyo and a Senior Assistant Director in-charge of the CIDCs project in the Ministry Mr. John Munguti among others.