In a quest to promote international trade in Uasin Gishu County and the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB), Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii led his counterparts on Saturday in deliberation with Cargo consolidators and other stakeholders on revamping cargo flights in Eldoret International Airport.

The resumption of the 40-ton cargo flight every day signifies Eldoret’s and the region’s readiness to fully engage in export trade to make it vibrant and grow the economy of the region.

Governor Dr. Jonathan Bii maintained that the plan is to see the airport grow into a hub alluding to the ongoing establishment of County Aggregation and Industrial Parks (CAIPs) in Uasin Gishu, Nandi and Elgeyo Marakwet counties as an indication of utilizing the planes that usually jet back empty.

“Our farmers ventured into high-value crops and this is an indication that we are ready in the utilization of the flights in terms of takeaways of the products that we produce,” added Dr. Bii.

Governor Stephen Sang called on the cargo handlers to ensure they make cargo processes seamless and faster saying that infrastructure upgrade of the airport will further facilitate the operations.

On his part, Governor Wisely Rotich noted that the NOREB region has a lot of fresh produce and the coming up of CAIPs will be a came changer in terms of export for the growth of economy of the region calling on residents to prioritize venturing into products that can be exported.

Chair Kenya Association of International Cargo Consolidators Mohamed Abrahaman, KRA Commissioner Lilian Nyawanga, County Executive Committee Member for Trade and Cooperatives Martha Cheruto, Directors Isaac Lagat (Trade) and Kipleting Mengich (Enterprise Development) formed part of the delegation.