Kwale Governor, Salim Mvurya says his administration is out to woo local and regional investors in the coastal county.
During his meeting with State Department for East Africa Community Principal Secretary (PS), Dr. Kevit Desai, Mvurya affirmed the readiness of his regional administration to implement all economic programmes that serve the interests of the county residents.
On Tuesday the Governor held discussions with the PS on modalities of putting up a state-of- the-art market at Lunga Lunga near the border with Tanzania to attract cross border traders.
He said the envisaged Lunga Lunga border market will in the long run boost trade and movement of people between the two East African states.
The county boss said opening up the economy to widen opportunities for the people to do business and job creation remains top of the agenda of his administration.
“We have resolved to set up a modern market in Lunga Lunga together with the National Government. The actualization of this plan will not only transform the economic status of our people but also the outlook of Lunga Lunga as a thriving border town,” he said during a press briefing outside the county headquarters in Kale town.
The two also deliberated on setting up a special economic zone around Shimoni area which is essential with the development of the upcoming Shimoni fish port.
“We have already issued a title deed to the ministry as the preceding step for the construction of the Maritime Centre of Excellence at Kombani. This project is expected to cost 1.2 billion from the World Bank,” he said.
The two-term governor has hailed the cordial working relationship his county has with the national government.
On his part, the PS said his ministry is determined to improve cross-border trade efficiency and strengthen cooperation in the East African region.
By Hussein Abdullahi