Embu Governor Cecily Mbarire has pledged to create an enabling business environment for investors to invest in the county for employment and wealth creation.
The governor said her administration will make it easier and simpler for investors to get business licenses and permits for them to set up businesses in the county.
Speaking during her inauguration ceremony at Embu University, Mbarire said she will rationalise levies for different businesses and services in the county and ensure efficient revenue collection to seal all revenue leakages through digitization.
She expressed her confidence that digitization of revenue collection will seal revenue leakages in the county, adding that going forward her administration will not collect local revenue in cash.
The governor also promised to make Embu a tourism hub by using the experience she gained as an assistant minister in the Ministry of Tourism as part of the Mt Kenya tourism circuit.
“I will make Embu a tourism hub by using the experience I gained as an assistant minister. My government will develop different tourism products, among them the Mwea Game Reserve and the Irangi Forest Gate,” she said.
The governor also assured farmers that her government will ensure that agriculture is well enhanced through value addition, provision of markets for farm produce and provision of extension services to the farmers.
She further added that her administration will closely work with the National Government to provide affordable and accessible farm inputs, highly professional extension services and necessary legal frameworks to ensure guaranteed minimum returns for farmers.
Mbarire said that her government will staff, equip and provide necessary infrastructure in TVETS in order to enroll more youths in the institutions.
She pointed out challenges of understaffing that are experienced in devolved sector of Early Childhood Development and Education (ECDE) saying that her government will make sure that the challenges are solved.
By Justus Anzaya