Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya today hosted the High Commissioner of India to Kenya Dr. Virander Paul in his office where bilateral matters were discussed.
Governor Mvurya said key areas of partnership between Kwale and India include tourism, agribusiness, technology, education and maritime among others.
He said the county could soon witness major economic and social improvement following increased private investments in the manufacturing sector.
“Kwale is a conducive place to invest and already, we have Devki Steel Factory, the biggest in East and Central Africa, and Abyssinia Steel, both owned by Indian investors among other investments,” he said.
He said the huge investments by both local and international companies in the county could be attributed to economic potential, conducive business environment and improved infrastructure.
The county boss said visitors to Kwale can combine beach and wildlife safaris adding that human power is available through the Elimu ni Sasa robust education program.
Governor Mvurya urged all investors to come and venture into small and mega projects in the county adding that a conducive environment exists. He said the area stands to benefit immensely from the industrial growth and urged local leaders and residents to offer support to private investors.
“In partnership with the national government we improved infrastructure across our county to spur socio-economic growth,” said Mvurya adding that the coastal county is ready for economic take off.
The two-term governor said, “We will partner with stakeholders in all sectors of the economy for the benefit of our people.” He added that his focus remains attracting and retaining investments in order to raise the living standards of the people.
Dr. Virander who hailed Governor Mvurya’s administration said other than tourism and education identified by the Governor, India was ready to partner with Kwale on the areas of health and water management technology.
The High Commissioner who was accompanied by the Consul General Sandeep Sharma said they discussed with the governor possibilities of new initiatives in economic and development cooperation.
By Hussein Abdullahi