KWALE COUNTY INVESTMENT FORUM DESTINATION KWALE DEVOLVED GOVERNMENTS AS A MAGNET FOR INVESTMENTS IN KENYA- THE CASE OF KWALE COUNTY PRESENTED BY SALIM MVURYA GOVERNOR KWALE COUNTY THE CONSTITUTION • Chapter 11 Article 176(1) establishes County governments and assigns specific obligations. • Article 174(f), requires Counties to promote social, economic development that promotes easily accessible services. • Devolution legislation allows Counties to enter into public private partnerships. COUNTIES AS INVESTMENT MAGNETS • Favourable investment policies. • Existence of untapped unique resources eg Oil in Turkana, proposed Lamu Port. • County profiling through resource mapping. • Aggressive marketing of Counties specific resources. Kwale County Over View • It is one of the 6 coastal counties. • Has an area of 8294.9 km2 . • 250km long Coastline. • 200 miles Exclusive Economic Zone. • Population approximately 713,500. • • • • • • INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES TOURISM 250km Sandy beaches. Marine parks eg Kisite Mpunguti. Shimba hills national reserve and Mwaluganje elephant sanctuary. Historical sites eg Shimoni caves. Scenic sites; Shedrick falls & Maji moto springs. Kaya forests; ideal for promotion of cultural tourism. EXTRACTIVE INDUSTRY • Mining & quarrying: Silica sand, duruma sandstones. • Titanium (rutile, ilmenite, zircon), • Coal, Iron ore, Oil & gas. • Precious stones. • Niobium/rare earth at Mrima Hills. • Baryte at Lunga-lunga; ENERGY Multiple potential power generation alternatives; • Solar , • wind energy, • Bio gas • Coal • Geothermal WATER AND SEWERAGE • Availability of water sources: • Rivers & streams . • Underground water. • Natural springs. • Dams such as Mwache and Nyalani • Sewerage & Waste management opportunities. AGRICULTURE AND AGRO PROCESSING • Coconut products processing. • Citrus fruits processing. • Mangoes fruits processing. • Passion fruits processing. • Beef processing . • Milk processing. • Honey processing. • Fish processing. SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT • Beach sports opportunities. • Water sports opportunities. • Exploitation of rich cultural heritage. • Excellent film shooting sceneries. • Setting up of talent academies. INFRASTRUCTURE • Roads construction/ development & maintainace. • Airports- Expansion of Ukunda airstrip and 3 other existing air strips. • Sea Ports- Shimoni and Vanga for water transport & proximity to mombasa port . • Railway – existing line & the Standard Gauge Railway. HOUSING There is potential for, • Holiday homes • Office blocks • Rental houses around urban centers , upcoming universities & economic zones INDUTRIAL PARKS & ICT • Strategic location as frontier for sea and dry land docking • Freeport, standard gauge railway, Dogokundu bypass are major project within the county. • High potential for fibre optic cables. • Ample land for development of industrial & ICT parks. CONCLUSION Destination Kwale is not just a dream, but a feasible concept. This forum is our first step towards actualizing change through this concept. Please join me to be part of the success of Kwale County. Thank you for choosing Kwale as your Destination. God Bless you.