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Investors visit Vihiga for a feasibility study

24 July 2013, 16:29 Dareel Eric

A team of German investors has visited Vihiga County to conduct a feasibility study to identify areas that they can help steer the county ahead.

Led by the German Chambers of Commerce President Kalonji Tshaba, the team is set to tour various sites to meet groups of investors.

While welcoming them into the county, area governor Moses Akaranga said that the team is just a part of the many other teams that are set to visit the county to identify areas of investment.

“It is just a beginning for the county in welcoming investors who have shown a great interest to invest here. We are welcoming them and we will offer them the necessary help so they can help improve the standards of our people,” he said.

The governor noted that, while acknowledging the high poverty rate in the county which stands at 62 percent and the unemployment rates that stand at 67 percent, the investors will look for mechanism of alleviating the worst scenarios.

He said that the county has many resources on board, notably the human resource noting that if well tapped, the county has the potentiality of being steered ahead in all spheres.    

Tshaba said that the chambers of commerce in German is more than willing to invest in Vihiga County because there is a greater potential, basing on the resources on the ground.

He observed that the major areas where they hope to fully invest in include agriculture, education and the infrastructure.

“We came to Vihiga to identify the potential and we will be going around assessing the situation before we choose on the areas that require more attention,” said Tshaba.

Tshaba was accompanied by Rasha Mete and Joig Meir, an energy expert who said that he was interested in producing energy for the county.

They also promised to provide an avenue of introducing horticultural farming in the region because of the accessibility of the Kisumu International Airport to the region.

The team started their tour of the county by visiting Mungoma Caves and the Tiriki shrines, where the Maragoli and Tiriki ancestors used to live, with an aim of transforming the caves into tourist destinations.

Other areas where the team will tour include the Kaimosi forest and the Kaimosi dam where they plan to reinvigorate the dam to provide clean water to the residents and if possible generate electricity for use.

“We want to make Vihiga a self-reliant county in everything and thus we will take our time to explore everything that will be of use,” said Tshaba.

The team will also visit the Muhudu gold mines, inspect the county infrastructure and meet with the county business committee.

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