Speech by Julius Mokogi, MD, KIE During the Official Opening of Kakamega Industrial Estates

  • MINISTER, MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION, HON. AMASON KINGI,
  • ASSISTANT MINISTER, MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION- HON.NDIRIITU MURIITHI,
  • PERMANENT SECRETARY, MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION - DR. ENG. KIBICHO KARANJA,
  • MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR LURAMBI CONSTITUENCY – HON. MANYALA KEYA, WHO IS ALSO THE ASSISTANT MINISTER, MINISTRY OF GENDER, CHILDREN AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT,
  • KIE CHAIRMAN – MR. AHMED A. MOHAMAD,
  • KIE BOARD OF DIRECTORS,
  • PROVINCIAL COMMISSIONER WESTERN PROVINCE,
  • HIS WORSHIP THE MAYOR OF KAKAMEGA MUNICIPAL COUNCIL AND ALL THE LOCAL LEADERS HERE PRESENT,
  • KIE MANAGEMENT AND STAFF,
  • OFFICERS FROM MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION AND OTHER GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT REPRESENTED HERE,
  • ENTREPRENEURS.

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN,

I WARMLY WELCOME YOU ALL TO THIS HAPPY OCCASION AS WE CELEBRATE THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF (22) NEW INDUSTRIAL SHEDS /INCUBATORS HERE AT OUR KAKAMEGA INDUSTRIAL ESTATES.

THANK YOU FOR FINDING TIME TO GRACE THIS OCCASSION!

TODAY'S CEREMONY IS SYMBOLIC OF KIE'S TURNAROUND AND NEW COMMITMENT TO REFOCUS ON ITS CORE MANDATE OF INDUSTRIAL ESTATES DEVELOPMENT COUNTRYWIDE.

IN THE LAST THREE YEARS, THE BOARD AND MANAGEMENT OF KIE EMBARKED ON REVAMPING THE INDUSTRIAL ESTATES DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM. THIS WILL GO A LONG WAY IN ENHANCING THE BUSINESS INCUBATION SERVICES ALONGSIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE SMIS SECTOR IN THIS COUNTRY.

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,
THUS FAR THE INSTITUTION HAS COMPLETED CONSTRUCTION OF INCUBATORS IN OTHER LOCATIONS INCLUDING NAIROBI AND KERICHO (KIPSIRECHET) AND I AM HAPPY TO REPORT THAT THE SAME ARE FULLY OCCUPIED.

ON COURSE AND DUE FOR COMPLETION WITHIN THE NEXT (2) MONTHS IS THE NYAMIRA INDUSTRIAL SHEDS.

THE INSTITUTIONS HAS ALSO PLANNED TO CONSTRUCT SHEDS IN THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS DURING THIS FINANCIAL YEAR:-

  • KARATINA
  • BONDO
  • MALINDI AND
  • WAJIR

THE NEW SHEDS ARE TARGETED TO CATER FOR HIGHLY SELECTED ANCHOR PROJECTS AIMED AT PROVIDING ECONOMIC STIMULUS WITHIN THE REGION.

DISTINGUISHED GUESTS,
OTHER NOTABLE MILESTONES MADE IN THE RECENT PAST INCLUDE AMONG OTHERS:-

  • ACQUISITION OF ISO 9001:2008 CERTIFICATION AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF A MODERN ICT SYSTEM
  • THE INSTITUTION HAS ALSO ATTRACTED A POOL OF NEW TALENT FROM VARIOUS RELEVANT DISCIPLINES/PROFESSIONALS TO ENHANCE ITS HUMAN RESOURCE CAPACITY.
  • THE INSTITUTION HAS ACQUIRED NEW MOTOR VEHICLES TO IMPROVE ON SERVICE DELIVERY BY IMPROVING EASY REACH TO OUR CLIENTELE.

THE KIE KAKAMEGA REGIONAL OFFICE IS A STRATEGIC PARTNER TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF THIS REGION. THE OFFICE SERVES THE WESTERN REGIONAL BLOCK AND CONSISTS OF (4) BRANCHES NAMELY:-

  • KAKAMEGA
  • BUNGOMA
  • BUSIA AND
  • KIMILILI

THE DEVELOPMENT BODIES IN THIS REGION ARE ENCOURAGED TO WORK CLOSELY WITH KIE IN HARNESSING THE GREAT INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE IN THIS REGION. SOME OF THE POTENTIAL AREAS FOR INVESTMENT INCLUDE:-

  • MOLASSES
  • SUGAR PROCESSING
  • ANIMAL FEEDS – CHICKEN AND DAIRY
  • SOAP MANUFACTURING – BAR AND LIQUID SOAPS
  • ROOFING TILES AND FLOOR TILES AND BRICK MAKING
  • HIGH QUALITY FURNITURE MANUFACTURING

AS WE CELEBRATE THIS GREAT ACHIEVEMENT, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRIALIZATION, THE TREASURY AND THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT OF KENYA FOR THEIR CONTINUED POLICY AND FINANCIAL SUPPORT.

I ALSO WISH TO THANK THE KIE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, MANAGEMENT AND KIE STAFF FOR SETTING AND KEEPING THIS HIGH STANDARD.

THANK YOU.