Kilifi, KENYA: Kilifi county government has officially launched an international investment conference; that is expected to be a door opener for investors of different calibers in the county, country and internationally.
The conference was graced by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in the company of host Kilifi county Governor Amason Kingi, Senator Stewart Madzayo and Coast parliamentary group chairman Gunga Mwinga at the Pwani University.
Speaking during the launch on Thursday, Mr. Odinga urged the locals to invest as much as possible so as to attract investors worldwide.
He said the county government should make sure security is beefed up for investors to come.
“I am grateful that the fruits of devolution are being seen, enabling the locals achieve services that have for a long time been a dream,” said Raila.
“This investment conference is a proof that our people are determined to explore what they have locally for development.” Added Raila.
The former PM called upon the youth and women to come forth and invest for themselves and the next generations so as to live a better life.
“We know the youth and women have been having many challenges in investing in Kenya, but this initiative would serve as an eye opener for them should they take advantage of it,” added Raila.
Kilifi county Governor Amason Kingi said the conference is set to resurrect tourism that has been a nightmare in recent times following the insecurity cases.
Kingi said, the county also is rich in minerals and natural resources that when well exploited, the vice of unemployment would be dead and buried.
“We all know that Kilifi County largely depends on tourism, but that’s not all. We have grounds rich in minerals and natural resources; that when well exploited can be of benefit to us,” added Kingi.
The conference is scheduled to take three days with all county departments showcasing their projects.