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Government to give more opportunities to investors

09 April 2015, 09:11 Mike Munga

Machakos - Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Adan Mohamed has said the Kenyan government will give more opportunities to companies that want to invest in Kenya.

Speaking during the groundbreaking of Wrigley ultra modern factory company to be built at Mavoko in Machakos County Wednesday, the CS said the industries are creators of jobs in the country.

He said they are overcoming the past obstacles that have been hindering the growth of industries in the country by increasing the supply of energy, building roads and other infrastructure.

"The past regimes have not been competitive enough in removing the obstacles that hinder investment. We want to take the issues head on, the reason why the government has started constructing a cargo freight in Mombasa so that goods can take little time in reaching their destinations,"he noted.

The CS added that the government is dealing with the bureaucratic process that the private sector has been experiencing in the past and that has been keeping investors waiting.

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Wrigley General Manager, Daniel Omosa said the company started its operations in Kenya in 1972 at Export Processing Zones (EPZ).

He added that construction of the Mavoko firm will cost the company KES 5.7 billion and will start operating in 2017.

Global president of Wrigley Company, Martin Radvan said building of the company in Kenya demonstrates their commitment to grow the economy of East Africa.

He said the company has engaged more than 300 local entrepreneurs to sell Wrigley products before, but expressed hope that the number will increase when they finish the new factory.

"Social economic growth will be experienced through massive construction of factories in Kenya and we are happy that we are part of the growth," he said.

US Ambassador to Kenya, Robert Godec said the number of American companies showing interest in the country continues to grow and the embassy will ensure the partnership within the countries grows stronger.

Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua said despite the challenges Kenya is facing, the country is moving forward.

He condemned the recent attacks in Garissa University College and urged the County bosses to form rapid response units in their respective counties to assist the National government to beef up security.

"The government is responsible for protecting the people but there must be a good response," he said.

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