H.E Governor Alex Tolgos hosted a technical team from the Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) who are in the County to identify projects to be funded by their organization within Iten Municipality.
Iten was picked amongst 12 other municipalities in Kenya to be part of the program, which seeks to transform the municipalities to world class urban metropolis.
SUED is a £70 million, five-year programme supported by the British Government through the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO).
The programme supports 12 fast growing municipalities to develop sustainable urban economic plans and attract investment for critical infrastructure and value chain projects.
The team led by Levi Roimen from KPMG and included Titus Ngeno (Bigen Global), Julie Awiti (KPMG), Winnie Wairimu (KPMG) and Joseph Akure from the British High Commission briefed the Governor on the selection process.
Roimen said the team had met various stakeholders and made a tour of the municipality to narrow down on the most viable investment projects proposed by the Iten Municipality Urban Economic Plan.
The projects include infrastructural development of a modern market and bus park, a Community Sports Centre/Academy, Potato processing facility, feed mill, solid waste management, a modern abattoir as well as a fruit and nuts processing facility.
“Our job is to look at the most viable of these projects and link them to potential investors who are ready to make them sustainable in the long run to achieve market driven growth,” said Roimen.
He stressed the need to organize stakeholders in these sub sectors into groups noting that farmers in the potato value chain could easily benefit if they belonged to cooperatives.
Tolgos appreciated the rigorous process that went into the development of the Iten Urban Economic Plan (UEP) as well as the project selection saying it mirrored his aspirations of Iten becoming a world class metropolis.
“We want to give an assurance that we shall support the development of the projects identified and also work with all our potential investors to make Iten a world class municipality so that it will provide other multiplier effects to our County economy,” he said.
Present in the meeting were County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut, CEC Environment Abraham Barsosio, municipal manager Raymond Omonei and other County technical staff.