The County Government of Nandi is set to host an Export Processing Zone (EPZ) in Chemase, Tinderet Constituency.
This follows an MoU signed between The County Government of Nandi and Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) that seek to partner in the establishing Nandi’s first EPZ.
The 218-acre piece of land lies on the Chemase plains next to the Kibigori Trading Centre.
It has sufficient electricity and water supply. Its strategic location is less than a kilometer away from the proposed Standard Gauge Railway line assuring ease of transport. The expansive land has a huge potential for expansion. The scenic Nandi Escarpment that towers on the north would enhance tourism in the area.
Speaking to the residence in the area during a site visit on Monday, 13th November, The CEC Member in charge of Trade, Investment and industrialization Dr. Bernard Lagat assured the residence of the County Government’s commitment in transforming the lives of the people of Nandi.
“The project will have a great impact on creating job and business opportunities for the county residents. It will also improve infrastructure and the county’s economic growth. We shall ensure maximum involvement of the local community in the planning and implementation of the project.”said Dr.Lagat
With him were The CEC Member in charge of Land, Environment and Natural Resources Mr. Jacob Tanui and the CEC in charge of Education Mr. Stanley Baliach. Mr. Tanui guaranteed sufficient water supply to the proposed project by ensuring that the ongoing Chemase Water Project is completed in time. Mr. Baliach on his side mentioned that plans are underway to establish a technical institute in the area so as to equip the locals with technical skills that will be required for sufficient labor supply to the project.
Also present were the Chief Officers in charge of Trade and Roads Mr. David Kosgey and Mr. Jacob Sissey respectively.
The residents were delighted that the county government is keen on delivering the promise it made during campaigns of ensuring that that standards of living is improved.
They assured support to the project and thanked the county’s leadership for earmarking the area as the home of Nandi’s Export Processing Zone.