KEPSA and the Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030 (P4G), held a Workshop on 28th April 2021 on “Achieving Kenya’s Green Ambitions: Scaling Sustainable Industrial Clusters” to showcase the role of sustainable industrial clusters in achieving Kenya’s green manufacturing ambition; a Case of Oserian Two Lakes Industrial Park.
In his opening remarks, the Chair of the Kenya National P4G Platform who is also the Principal Secretary of the National Treasury and Planning, Dr. Julius Muia said that transformative impact at scale and speed requires partners and stakeholders to co-create solutions and investments to deliver sustainable development. The P4G approach is creating bridges and accelerating partnerships towards the realization of Kenya’s Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda. P4G is a powerful ecosystem for sustained and inclusive growth of the country and aligned to sustainable development goal number 17 on partnerships.
The KEPSA Chairman who is also the Co-Chair of the Kenya P4G National Platform, Mr. Nik Nesbitt stated that working through the P4G, KEPSA has had an opportunity to drive transformative change and innovation through multi-stakeholder partnerships for the realization of Agenda 2030 goals. “So far, over $292 million has been invested in P4G partnerships globally, and we have a number of impact-focused projects under implementation in Kenya including the Sustainable Special Economic Zones, the New Plastics Economy in Kenya spearheaded by KEPSA and Center for Clean Air Policy, among others,” He remarked. Mr. Nesbitt went on to say that embedding sustainability at the core of industrial growth will increase resource efficiency, draw maximum utility from natural resources, and reduce impact to the environment while also creating jobs and improving the social welfare of Kenyans. He also said that going green will shine a positive light on the country at the international scene and attract more investment.
The KEPSA CEO, Ms. Carole Kariuki Karuga who is also the Chairperson of Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) observed that sustainable inclusive clusters present a unique opportunity to build Kenya’s competitiveness edge and restore its position as the region’s manufacturing hub. “By integrating sustainability at the core of industrial development through creating clusters of special economic zones or industrial hubs that integrate green and circular models across the entire value chain, we will be able to minimize operational costs, reduce negative social and environmental impacts.” She added.
Amb. Dennis Awori who is a board member of P4G highlighted the significance of sustainable Industrial clustering in overcoming some of the limitations to industrial growth such as supporting infrastructure needs, electricity and water services, market access, simplification of procedures and the necessity to diversify from agriculture-based industries to a wider scope of production. “Sustainable Special Economic Zones are special purpose vehicles for the realization of wider economic reforms and the manufacturing pillar of the Big four agenda. By adopting Sustainable Inclusive Clusters, we will transform Kenya to a world-class economic hub,” He noted.
Kenya’s emerging sustainable investment cluster corridor – the Oserian Lakes status and opportunities were presented by Mr. Robert Ward, Managing Director of Oserian and Ms. Gail Klintworth- The Chair and Founder of Savo Project Developers. The technical master plan is complete, and early-bird tenants are moving in. The targeted sectors are agro-processing, food and food manufacturing, light manufacturing, logistics, responsible forestry, textiles and apparel and waste to value. Other partners present in the meeting included the P4G Hub Director, Mr. Ian De Cruz, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), Savo Project Developers, SYSTEMIQ, Kenya National Platform Technical Members, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Danish Embassy and other private sector leaders.