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Ebola threat bars Westerners from attending Destination Kwale investment forum

27 August 2014, 14:13 John Kioko

Kwale - Investors from Western countries are not attending the Destination Kwale Investment forum due to Ebola threat, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya has said.

Mvurya pointed out that the deadly disease that has claimed about 2 000 lives of people has scared away the investors who do not want to risk their lives.

He however disclosed that about 272 investors from various Kenya and other African countries are attending the forum.

Speaking at Leisure Lodge on Monday, Mvurya said that they expected a total of 300 investors from Kenya, South Africa, German, Spain and Italy among others.

“What we are sure of is that those who missed are partners to various organizations and corporations which are represented here and they will share information on the same," he added.

He said the forum is a starting point for improving the economic status of Kwale County which has stagnated for a long time.

Mvurya is optimistic that the investment forum, cultural fare, beach and sporting event will give Kwale county a new face and open it up to the rest of the world.

“We will ensure there is land for those who want to invest. The good thing is that Kwale people are also attending the forum and that will help them to find their areas of interest in terms of investment,” added Mvurya.

“My government will do its best to capacity build locals so that they can invest in various areas where they can,” he said.

Hill Park Hotel general Manager George Mokaya said there is still a lot that needs to be done to attract investors.

“They say you can invest in the cashew nut industry while we know farmers are not growing them. They need to tell farmers to start growing cashew nut first so as to convince the investors,” said Mokaya.

He also noted that the issue of incentives like non-levy investments which the county promised investors will only be realistic and effective if it is in line with the law.

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