(Xinhua) -- Kenya plans to model its manufacturing sector
after China’s success, officials said on Friday.
Julius Muia, director general of
Kenya’s national economic blueprint Vision 2030, told Xinhua that
Kenya wishes to draw experience from China’s establishment of
Special Economic Zones (SEZs).
“We have studied the Chinese model of
using SEZs with a view to replicating their successful model in
Kenya so as to develop a globally competitive manufacturing sector,”
Muia said on the sidelines of a policy forum on Kenya’s future
economic growth outlook.
Muia said the government has already
identified a 3,000-acre piece of land next to the port of Mombasa
that will be a nucleus of SEZ development in the coastal region.
“The land will be modeled after the
successful SEZ in Shenzhen which has played a key role in
China’s industrial transformation,” he added.
Vision 2030 has identified the
manufacturing sector as one of the key pillars of the economy that
will enable the country to achieve the status of a newly
Muia noted that SEZs can be used to
lure multinational manufacturers to establish operations in the
country by offering incentives.
Features of SEZs include affordable
electricity, good roads and railways networks as well as tax breaks
The director general said the
institutional and legal framework of SEZs have already been
“SEZs will now begin to be implemented
in the third, five-year medium term plan that begins in January
2018,” he added.