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The government is banking on setting up special economic zones in key towns to drive Kenya’s industrialization agenda.

Industry and trade Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya says several towns such as Kisumu, Mombasa, Athi River, Nakuru, Narok, Isiolo and Machakos as potential hosts of the special economic zones.

Special Economic Zones are designated areas where business-enabling policies are implemented and sector-appropriate infrastructure and utilities offered to enhance manufacturing for business and trade.

The government plans to set up Special Economic Zones in Lamu and Mombasa as well as towns along the standard gauge railway route such as Athi River, Nakuru, Narok and Kisumu that will utilize the railway to ferry goods.

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Munya says the special economic would drive Kenya’s industrialization agenda.

The Cabinet Secretary says is in talks with development partners such as the African Development Bank for funds to finance the setting up of the Special Economic Zones.

Speaking in Kisumu during the tour of the 15 billion shillings Kenya Breweries Limited plant, Munya said the factory that is expected to start operations in less than six months would give the lakeside city an economic impetus.

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Munya urged residents of western Kenya to take advantage of opportunities created by the new plant in Kisumu.

 

 

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