The county government of Uasin Gishu, in partnership with the British High Commission, has made significant strides in attracting investment opportunities that will stimulate economic growth and create employment opportunities in the region.

On Monday, His Excellency Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii hosted Dr. Dominic Biwott, the North Rift Advisor Program of the British High Commissioner, and representatives from Price waterhouse Coopers (PWC) during their visit to discuss a significant investment opportunity.

The visit culminated in the successful securing of a substantial investment of Ksh 302 million through collaborative efforts with the British High Commission and the Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) program.

Governor Bii, speaking during the visit, expressed his excitement about the new investment venture, stating, “We now have an investor committed to establishing a packing house for the export of avocados and passion fruit, as well as edible oil production.”

According to Governor Bii, the development marks a significant milestone for avocado farmers in the county, with Governor Bii pledging to ensure that they receive the necessary seedlings and support farmers to advance this initiative.

The planned packing house for avocado and passion fruit export, along with the production of edible oil, is set to commence operations in Eldoret within the next six months. This investment is poised to boost the agricultural sector in Uasin Gishu County and contribute to its economic growth.

On his part County Executive Committee Member For Agriculture Edward Sawe in a sentiment echoed by Chief Officer Mr Elphas Kesio said the collaborative efforts between the British High Commission, PWC, and the county government are also exploring opportunities for investment in maize milling and the establishment of a potato cold store to enhance the agricultural value chain in the county.

Kesio said the visit and subsequent investment deal highlight the commitment of Governor Jonathan Bii and the county government towards fostering economic development, attracting strategic investments, and creating a conducive environment for business growth in Uasin Gishu County.

“The new projects are poised to have a positive impact on local farmers, businesses, and the overall economic landscape of the region..

..This partnership highlights the mutual benefit of international cooperation and showcase the potential for sustainable growth and economic success in the County” said Sawe.