The County Executive Committee Member for Finance, Planning and ICT Dr. Beatrice Sabana has challenged Directors of the Kakamega County Investment and Development Agency (KCIDA) to market Kakamega County as the best destination for investment opportunities in Kenya.
Dr. Sabana was addressing Members of the Board Wednesday morning during a two day training workshop for the directors and their secretariat to enhance the Agency’s capacity in service delivery.
The CECM pointed out that through sustained marketing strategies, the Agency stands out as one of the best vehicles of economic development for the County.
“We expect you to flood investors desks, both locally and internationally, with proposals that profile Kakamega County as the most viable destination for investment; the Agency should be the business arm of the Government for the benefit of the general public,” the CECM added and advised the board to map out all the investment opportunities in the County.
“Expatriates from Kakamega County are a major contributor of Kenya’s diaspora remittances,” she noted, and called on the Directors to write proposals to the diaspora residents asking them to invest in the County.
KCIDA Board Chairperson Prof. Nelson Wawire thanked the County Government for supporting activities of the Agency which he said is living up to its mission of attracting, promoting and facilitating investment in Kakamega County. The Kenyatta University School of Economics Don said once implemented, the charter will increase efficiency at the agency by enabling a timely completion of planned programmes.
Ag. KCIDA CEO Mr. Joseph Indire said the workshop will also address succession plan, governance, audit and Board evaluation among other key activities.
In attendance were Directors led by the Chief Officer for Trade, Industrialization and Tourism Mr. Fanuel Wemali, Dr. Wilfred Buyema and Ms Prisca Otipa, Ag. Deputy Director Elizabeth Asichi, Ag. Board Secretary Mr. Daniel Musita and Madam Mildred Wanyama from the Ministry of Finance, Planning and ICT.