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Kandie:Counties are centres of enterprise

20 January 2014, 22:04 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri -  The 47 counties in Kenya are new centres of enterprises and the government must quickly capitalise on devolution and its development.

Cabinet Secretary for East African affairs, commerce and trade, Phyllis Kandie over the weekend said devolution has sent resources back to the countryside with fresh drive of the economy.

Kandie urged entrepreneurs to take opportunities back to the villages.

“Lucrative opportunities in the villages will naturally attract reverse motion on the rural-urban migration and hence decongest the traditional urban centres,” she said.

She stated that counties must encourage positive competition by encouraging entrepreneurism and investment through diverse incentive packages that are viable.

Kandie argued that the move will help to create a platform for wealth generation that is closer to the people.

“The multiplier effect of county development is reduced poverty, reduced insecurity and improved living standards,” she noted.

The secretary said the national government will provide an enabling environment to businesspeople, investors and entrepreneurs so that they can identify and exploit economic opportunities for employment and wealth creation.

The remarks were made by Principal Secretary Ibrahim Mohammed who read her speech during the ground breaking ceremony of the construction of Madiba Mall, an ultra-modern shopping mall in Nyeri town.

The project worth more than KES 700 million was an indication that there is a new frontier, a new level for investment and commerce and it is time to start exploiting the shift, according to Kandie who noted that counties are the new super highway for opportunity.

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