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Kenya to set up economic zones near Mombasa

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by ByaseL, Jan 27, 2010.

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    ByaseL JF-Expert Member

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    By Reuben Olita

    Kenya is to establish an exclusive economic zone near Mombasa port.

    The zone, which will be set up 10 miles north and south of Mombasa, will be connected by road by-passes and have mini-ports.

    This, Chirau Mwakwere, the transport minister, said was part of the Kenyan government’s effort to attain goals enshrined in its Vision 2030 plan.

    He added that the government, through the National Economic and Social Council and the directorate of Vision 2030, had hired a consultant from Singapore to do a feasibility study on how to enhance infrastructural development in the economic zone.

    The zone stretches from Diani in Kwale district to Mtwapa in Kilifi district.

    Mwakwere was speaking while conducting technocrats from his ministry on a tour of the area where the proposed Dongo-***** by-pass will link Mombasa Island to the mainland’s south coast and a site in Mtwapa for mooring boats and ships.

    The minister said the government would soon give a blue print of the infrastructure projects identified to jump-start the Vision 2030 plan in coast province, especially in the areas of tourism, shipping, road infrastructure and enhanced business opportunities for Kenyans abroad.

    Mwakwere said since Mombasa Island could no longer accommodate most of infrastructural developments in the Vision 2030 roadmap, there was need to explore other areas outside the island.

    Through the economic blueprint of Vision 2030, the government also intends to establish fully-facilitated mini-cities and resorts outside major urban centres like Mombasa and Nairobi in an effort to decongest them, the minister said.