Stakeholders of the Nairobi Industrial Park to be constructed at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Juja, held a consultative meeting ahead of the actual commencement of work on site as part of the second phase of implementation of the project which was initiated in 2008.
The park to be constructed on 32 acres of land donated by JKUAT, is a flagship project of the Vision 2030 Manufacturing Sector which brings together several government ministries, private developers, JKUAT departments and the local community.
This facility will act as an incubator for Small and Medium Size enterprises by providing a conducive environment to connect innovation and technology to actual production of goods and services for both local and international markets.
In her address during the forum, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said, the Park will be a green facility utilizing solar power and will pay close attention to the stipulated regulations and direction of National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).
The construction of the Industrial Park is a culmination of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between JKUAT and the Ministry of Industrialization which set guidelines on who will undertake project activities from the implementation phase to the completion.
JKUAT will also construct the perimeter wall for the Park and has already established a relationship with Hill International of United States of America, which will provide new technology for efficient construction of the facilities.
The Nairobi Industrial Park will be made up of public facilities like administration block, hotels and shopping mall along Thika Superhighway. The private facilities will include industrial blocks, laboratories, business parks and conference halls situated away from the highway.
Unveiling the proposed Master Plan and Design Concept, Dr Fred Mugambi of JKUAT, who is overseeing the project said, the eco friendly development initiative will put in place solar power roofs and rain water harvesting mechanisms to minimize negative effects on the environment.
The meeting attracted over 70 stakeholders drawn from the ministries of Industrialization, Higher Education, Science and Technology, Energy; the City Council of Nairobi; Kenya Industrial Estates; Kenya Bureau of Standards; NEMA; Juja Residents Association; local youth groups and Industrial and Commercial Development Corporation.