Jubilee Big Four Agenda (Manufacturing) - Africa Economic Zone, Pearl River in Eldoret Uasin Gishu county

This is Kenya’s first special economic zone. Its based in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu county. Contract was signed last year in Beijing during President Uhuru state visit. It’s a $2 billion Chinese investment into our manufacturing sector. At first phase which will be completed in 3 years will employ 20,000 people and transform the county. At full completion of all phases in 10 years time it will employ 100,000 people or roughly half of the adult workforce in the county. In the last year they have secured the 1000 acres land from its minority shareholder David Langat, got all county and national government permits. They have done the groundbreaking, the projects designs, signed up the Chinese firms to invest in plants and construction works can now continue.

The contract signing
The old SEZ masterplan along the SGR corridor and neighbouring counties. This master plan is outdated the new one have 20 proposed SEZ in that corridor.

The master plan
According to the investor The Guangdong New South Group, manufacturers moving into AEZ Pearl River includes the Nam Po Footwear Company, Changhe Chemical Industry and Winone Elevator Corporation.

The groundbreaking

The project design team have completed the plans and structural work can start.
The construction team at the ground.


I hope it all comes to fruition, the govt has a reputation of screwing things up…

Also, what’s the price of land kule eldoret?

and hio ya nairobi and naivasha zitakua wapi exactly?


Omunyambi at work

How come its not linked by belt and debt initiative that is along the sgr?

And then how many Chinese will be imported to live in the so-called cities? We know common mwananchi cannot afford.

Government role here is to give permits only. Ministry of trade is coordinating between NLC and county government in getting land allocated for SEZ in every county either for sale or 99 years lease. The investors foots the rest of the investment cost. So far the SEZ approved are Pearl River in Eldoret, Dongo Kungu SEZ now given to Chinese investors, Naivasha SEZ given to CCCC the SGR contractor, Tatu city industrial park has applied for SEZ licence successfully, Tilisi industrial park SEZ which the phase is almost complete and lastly Centum’s Vipingo Industrial park in Kilifi.

(In Moi’s voice)Na hio ni maendeleo!

Time shall tell. And it moves forward whether you do something or not.

@spear please share more on Dongo Kundu SEZ ,to me,it has the highest potential, followed by Lamu then Naivasha.

Why highest potential?

Tender was awarded to the Chinese since the Japanese were delaying it’s implementation. If it had been originally built by the Chinese, we would have probably seen a parallel implementation of all phases. Mombasa metropolis would have been better looking than Nairobi right now.

On President Uhuru recent state visit to China he had a meeting with a group of Chinese investors who want to invest in the whole spectrum of Dongo Kundu SEZ. I still think its CCCC the same contractor building the SGR. After the successful completion of SGR phase 1, Mombasa to Nairobi. They drew a masterplan of Miritini where Mombasa SGR passenger station is situated and incorporated it to the Dongo Kundu master plan being implemented by JICA just close by. Now that Dongo Kundu bypass road phase one is complete then the SEZ construction can commence as phase 2-3 of the bypass road construction will be built simultaneously. The Chinese investors realized the Japanese are slow to commit to funding the project so they skipped them with an immediate offer to build and finance the SEZ construction. This offer has been accepted. They also bagged the contract to build a $400 million petroleum and gas terminal at the same site that can hold millions of litres petroleum products and a gas reserve storage facility for domestic use. This will allow the nation to have strategic reserves of several months of petroleum and gas as a security for our economy. The huge volume bought will allow the price of both to be cheaper and stability of the supply for 6-9 months without another order cushions the economy from sudden price increases. The offshore jetty they will build will allow three megaship of oil and gas to dock and discharge at theme same time. They will also build another port container terminal and general cargo terminal to export all the manufacturing goods produced in the SEZ. This SEZ is big and first phase alone will employ 100,000 people. On completion it will employ 250,000 people. Its so huge that they have to incorporate staff housing to guarantee punctuality of staff. Pearl Africa Eldoret will not have staff housing but manufacturing plants only. Mombasa with a population of 1 million of which 300000 are adults clearly shows this will lead to a boom for the county. Already 60% of the adult residents are employed and therefore the rest can get one job directly or indirectly. Remember one permanent manufacturing job creates 2 permanent jobs at the supply chain indirectly and 4 jobs at the service sector. That whole region will benefit. Now we await the investors to apply for all permits and get the construction to begin.

DL striking them deals left right centre, Shollei huko nyuma na ango smiling all the way, Katwa doing the legal shovelling. Isokei

this is both exciting and scary. Scary because more Chinese are coming, and exciting because we don’t have the money to put up such infrastructure, so we have to let investors do it.

The bigger question is - how did other countries manage to do it without colonization, lets take China as an example.

not China, Japan. I am very interested in the Economic of Japan, in fact I had just been reading a certain paper about the economic policies of a certain Japanese economist called Dr Osamu Shimomura that shaped the economic growth of Japan. China went and learned from Japan and adapted the system to their local needs. Japan is where we need to look at. Not China.

Japan was a yuuuuge recipient of the Reconstruction Plan that also rebuilt Western Europes economies after World War 2 funded by USA. They got technology to build cars from Americans and market to sell the same cars. It’s hard to go wrong when you have ready market.

Milestones in the History of U.S. Foreign Relations - Office of the Historian

Cheap labor which convinced investors it was worth it.
Cheap cost of doing business which convinced investors it was worth it
Large internal market.
Ability to sell in the US

Japan had tariff free access to the US market and a well educated populace.We have the former, but not the latter

It’s simple… Once you have a conducive environment for manufacturing… Couple that with affordable Labour…

Good agriculture… (for local and export)
Ict survey…