The expansion of trade and markets within the county holds the key to faster growth and development. To unlock this potential, the county must focus on more trade facilitation such as simplification and modernization of trade procedures.
While officiating the opening of Tkumo market in Pokot South, Governor Prof John Lonyangapuo said that his administration is already implementing the county’s manifesto, which has economy as one of its main pillar.
“We recognize the importance of markets within our county. Most of our people are engaging in business activities and we want to promote them. This is just a pinch of the wider vision we have laid ahead for our people,” he said.
He also mentioned that the Nasukuta project will soon be completed and start its operations, saying it would boost the economy of the area and West Pokot as a whole. The county has received Kshs. 115M from European Union-EU, a funding that will see the completion of the Nasukuta abattoir.
The CEC-Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Energy Augustine Monges said that his ministry has an ambitious agenda aimed at improving the economy of the county. He emphasized on the need to open several markets so as to establish industry-related functions.
“We are making significant progress towards the achievement of a buying and selling culture within our county. Trade is the backbone of the economy and these are just some of the initiatives that will see our economy stronger and competitive in the next few years.”
He further stated that his ministry has laid out strategies such as trade fairs and exhibitions aimed at attracting investors intended to pool and leverage on regional resources in order to spur trade and investment in the county.
His sentiments were echoed by his Chief Officer in charge of Trade, Industry and Energy Alex Lokimoi who said trade will lead to growth, wealth and prosperity for the people of West Pokot county, and hence the need to maximize utilization of the available resources so as to benefit the locals.
Promotion of trade will broaden, deepen and accelerate socio-economic development, employment and wealth creation for the Nasukuta residents and the county at large.
Other leaders who graced the occasion were CECs, officials from the county executive and County Assembly Speaker Catherine Mukenyang.