Market Nakuru County as a Model Investment Hub – Governor Mbugua tells diplomats.

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua hosted 52 newly appointed Kenyan diplomats in Naivasha, Nakuru County yesterday who will take up various roles in embassies around the world

The diplomats who were on an extensive awareness tour of Nakuru County visited several locations in Naivasha sub-county to sample the numerous locations which they would in turn promote to attract investors from their respective missions and embassies where they will be stationed.

They visited electric power generation company Kengen, bio-gas producer The Gorge Farm, The Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI),and Kenya’s first World Class golf resort Aberdare Hills Golf Resort and several flower farms in Naivasha.

Speaking to them after a personalized presentation at the Aberdare Hills Golf Resort, Governor Mbugua gave them a thorough brief of the Nakuru County and what the numerous selling points available for potential development partners abroad. He also reminded them of the huge task ahead.

“You are going to be doing a very important job for both your Country and the Counties now that we have the new political dispensation in place. It’s imperative i tell you, that this will be a very tough assignment taking into mind that you will be dealing with both spheres, at your stations, and with matters of the our country. So the sun will never set for you, you will be constantly working.”

He also urged them to be great ambassadors and share with potential investors the great opportunities in Nakuru County that they experienced on the tour.

“We invited you here to experience first-hand what our County can offer. We are very proud of it and we know have a little of everything here in Nakuru that can be found here in our Country. So go out there and in between your duties be bold and advise all those potential investors including Kenyan’s in the diaspora of the abundant opportunities in Nakuru. We have so much, we are the hub of the Country, good infrastructure, unique geothermal for energy production, attractive tourist destinations, unused arable land. With a soon to be constructed international airport, Nakuru County will be a hub of unbelievable potential.”

Governor Mbugua also advised the diplomats that Kenyan Governors have their County’s best interests at heart and that when they travel abroad, it’s for the furthering various positive agenda’s for their Counties.

“I can assure you all that the way the Governors character is portrayed is not true, that we come to misuse funds when we travel abroad. We as Governors are a crop of very serious people and we would like to be treated as such. Hold us in high esteem and help us achieve our agenda’s whenever we visit the Countries you will all be based in.”

Governor Mbugua returns from a Successful USA Visit

NAKURU, Kenya 13th August 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has returned from what was a successful one week trip to the United States of America to establish initial partnership and development dialogue with top companies and institutions.

The official tour which saw the Governor and his delegation visit the US Capital Washington DC and North Carolina, was to initiate contact with potential economic and development partners and showcase the immense investment and development potential that the County has to offer.

On arrival, Governor Mbugua expressed his satisfaction with the trip saying this was the start to great things that will soon see Nakuru County fully transformed.

“The tour was a success and I’m happy to say there is a lot in store for our great County. We made a great impression and there is a lot of interest by investors who are willing to do business with the County in various scales which will in turn benefit the people of Nakuru.”

Amongst the outcome of the US trip was the soon to be signed sister-state agreement with North Carolina State that will provide the legal form of partnering and utilizing each others best practices in research, technical assistance, development, education, economic and investment development among others.

The agreement which is now in the formalizing stages will see Nakuru County collaborate with various partners from the North Carolina State in sectors including; business investment, university to university partnerships, agriculture, economy co-operation and cancer research.

The institutions include the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina Central University a leading research center ranked as one of the best in the world among others.

“We identified that US has best practices and potential for development partnerships in various sectors of the economy like agriculture, education and trade that in the long run will benefit the people of Nakuru. Everyone we met was positive about the potential Nakuru County has and they are all looking forward to working hand in hand with us.”

The Nakuru County delegation also made a courtesy call to the US Department of Agriculture and The Rosenthall Group where discussions were held in regards to collaborating in agro-industries and agro-business with main focus on agricultural development.

Governor Mbugua participated at the International Association of African Non-Governmental Organization (IAAN) Summit in Washington DC where he was one of the key speakers. He presented on the State of Governance/Accountability and the investment opportunities in Nakuru County.

Alongside the Governor at the summit was the CEC in charge of Finance Francis Mathea who presented the financial investment aspect and potential of the County that attracted a lot of interest amongst the attendees at the summit.

Also the Geothermal Development Company area manager South Rift and manager Direct Use Martha Mburu presented the investment and potential partnership opportunities from the energy sector in Nakuru County under GDC.

Several other potential partners met with the Govern including US based East Africa Chamber of Commerce chaired by Edwin Karuga in Maryland, USA with a view to establish the promotion of trade with Nakuru County.

The investment and development partners are expected to visit the County in the coming months.

During the visit Governor Mbugua was hosted on one of the leading diaspora radio stations, Boston’s Jambo Radio to a lively and positive 4 hour live interview where he spoke and engaged with Kenyan’s from the diaspora including USA, London, Australia and Canada.

 

Governor calls for more Agricultural Fairs and Expos

Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has lauded the big role agricultural fairs and expo’s play in the growth and development of the agricultural sector in the country.

He was speaking at the closing ceremony of the two day EAGC Agribusiness Expo that came to a close yesterday at the Kabarak University Main Campus, in Nakuru.

Governor Mbugua also gave the County’s commitment in supporting the sector and encouraged for more such activities to bolster agriculture within and around the County.

“My County Government is committed in supporting the agriculture sector through all means including field days, exhibitions and all the activities that brings together the players in the agricultural sector.”

He went on to add that there was more capacity to do and achieve more.

“This expo provides an opportunity for the farmers in this County to establish network and contact with players in the agriculture sector to enable them access goods and services. There is capacity to produce more if you adopt modern technologies and good agricultural practices. For this to succeed, participation of all the stakeholders including the farming community along the farming business value chain is encouraged.”

“Nakuru County is well endowed with a wide range of agro- ecological Zones which supports a wide range of crop, livestock and fish Enterprises and this opportunity needs to be exploited to the fullest. Agribusiness through products’ value chain and promotion of post-harvest technologies is an area that needs more emphasis through capacity building and marketing strategies as witnessed here today.” Mbugua said.

Present at the function was CeC in charge of Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony, Kabarak University’s Prof. Ronald Chepkilot, EACG chair Dr. Otim Benard, EACG Executive Director Gerald Masila, Nakuru County Director of Trade Mandeep Singh, Economic Advisor Eng. David Muthoga, Deputy County Secretary Geoffrey Kioko.

The theme of the event that brought together 20,000 farmers, sponsors and exhibitors from all over the East African Region, highlighted on Promoting post-harvest technologies: “Improving the quality, safety and marketability of farm produce.”

The annual two day forum organized by the East Africa Grain Council brings together stakeholders in the agricultural sector – agribusiness, telecommunication, banking, seed companies, machinery, farmers, grain millers, warehouse operators, grain traders, agricultural institution’s, with a focus on post-harvest loss management.

The exhibitors included Sponsors i.e, Safaricom, Bell industries Ltd, Trans National Bank, Kentainers, MEA ltd, Chase Bank, Greenlife, Unga Ltd, Trade Hub, Brazafric enterprises, Intertek, Lesiolo Grain Handlers Ltd among others

Free Pyrethrum Seeds Program Gathers Pace, Bahati Ambulance Commissioned

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NAKURU, Kenya 18th August 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua today commissioned the third phase of the free pyrethrum seedlings program where 125 farmers from Bahati constituency received 5,500 seedlings each as the revival of the once lucrative cash crop gathered speed.

The farmers who all belong to various co-operatives received a total of 690,000 seedlings which they will be able to start of pyrethrum farming.

This follows the previous phases where Kinungi, Molo, Kuresoi North and South farmers received the free seedlings.

Governor Mbugua urged the farmers to practice the best farming methods to be able to reap from the huge potential the crop has always had.

“We have so many agricultural officers on the ground who are very experienced and all you have to do is to get in touch with them and they will show you how to best grow this crops and get better yields.”

In first phase 165,000 seedlings were distributed to 28 farmers from Kinungi and surrounding areas from the total of 1.1 million, each farmer receiving 3,000 seedlings to plant on quarter acres of land.

At the same function, Governor Mbugua asked Nakuru County residents to shun divisive politics and instead pursue the greater agenda of the County’s transformation.

He has made it clear that he is and will continue to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta and his government to bring development to the County of Nakuru.

Addressing the farmers, Governor Mbugua reiterated his call that it’s time to work and not engage in local politics’.

“We must be loyal to our president because whatever I have to do, I do it within the leadership of our president. Let’s stop politicizing everything, the time we have now is just for working and delivering on our promises when you elected us to be your leaders.”

Speaking at the same function Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri lauded the selfless work that the Governor has been undertaking saying this is the noteworthy leadership style we all yearn for.

“We thank you Governor Mbugua for the steadfast leadership we witness from you. More importantly the way you work and unite with the other leaders from around the County. Your selflessness is one to be admired and we respect you for that immensely.”

Later Governor Mbugua and MP Kimani Ngunjiri commissioned an ambulance which was donated by Geothermal Development Company (GDC) to be used by Bahati Hospital.

The two leaders also inspected the rehabilitation of the operation theatre and maternity ward at the hospital.

The facility once fully operational will help families save on the costs of referral to Nakuru Level 5 hospital, which is fifty kilometers away.

The function was also attended by CeC Agriculture Dr. Stanley Chepkwony, CO Agriculture Purity Muritu, Bahati DC, Agricultural officers from the County.

Governor Mbugua Returns From a Successful USA Visit

NAKURU, Kenya 13th August 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua has returned from what was a successful one week trip to the United States of America to establish initial partnership and development dialogue with top companies and institutions.

The official tour which saw the Governor and his delegation visit the US Capital Washington DC and North Carolina, was to initiate contact with potential economic and development partners and showcase the immense investment and development potential that the County has to offer.

On arrival, Governor Mbugua expressed his satisfaction with the trip saying this was the start to great things that will soon see Nakuru County fully transformed.

“The tour was a success and I’m happy to say there is a lot in store for our great County. We made a great impression and there is a lot of interest by investors who are willing to do business with the County in various scales which will in turn benefit the people of Nakuru.”

Amongst the outcome of the US trip was the soon to be signed sister-state agreement with North Carolina State that will provide the legal form of partnering and utilizing each others best practices in research, technical assistance, development, education, economic and investment development among others.

The agreement which is now in the formalizing stages will see Nakuru County collaborate with various partners from the North Carolina State in sectors including; business investment, university to university partnerships, agriculture, economy co-operation and cancer research.

The institutions include the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and North Carolina Central University a leading research center ranked as one of the best in the world among others.

“We identified that US has best practices and potential for development partnerships in various sectors of the economy like agriculture, education and trade that in the long run will benefit the people of Nakuru. Everyone we met was positive about the potential Nakuru County has and they are all looking forward to working hand in hand with us.”

The Nakuru County delegation also made a courtesy call to the US Department of Agriculture and The Rosenthall Group where discussions were held in regards to collaborating in agro-industries and agro-business with main focus on agricultural development.

Governor Mbugua participated at the International Association of African Non-Governmental Organization (IAAN) Summit in Washington DC where he was one of the key speakers. He presented on the State of Governance/Accountability and the investment opportunities in Nakuru County.

Alongside the Governor at the summit was the CEC in charge of Finance Francis Mathea who presented the financial investment aspect and potential of the County that attracted a lot of interest amongst the attendees at the summit.

Also the Geothermal Development Company area manager South Rift and manager Direct Use Martha Mburu presented the investment and potential partnership opportunities from the energy sector in Nakuru County under GDC.

Several other potential partners met with the Govern including US based East Africa Chamber of Commerce chaired by Edwin Karuga in Maryland, USA with a view to establish the promotion of trade with Nakuru County.

The investment and development partners are expected to visit the County in the coming months.

During the visit Governor Mbugua was hosted on one of the leading diaspora radio stations, Boston’s Jambo Radio to a lively and positive 4 hour live interview where he spoke and engaged with Kenyan’s from the diaspora including USA, London, Australia and Canada.

Governor Mbugua Attracts More Potential US Development Partners

With Bishop Claude and JSC Uni President Dr. Ronald L. Carter
CHARLOTTE, NC USA 5th Aug 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua completed day two today (5th August) of his US visit with more good news for the County, as potential economic and development partners committed to forge a link between the two regions.

Governor Mbugua and the Nakuru County delegation met with the president of the historically rich Johnson C. Smith University Ronald L. Carter in Charlotte, where fruitful initial discussions were held to seek ways on how Nakuru County and the University can work together.

Carter highlighted the importance of educational development partnerships adding that his institution was ready to explore the possibilities of forming a coalition with Nakuru County based Universities.

“Already plans are underway by the university to start a global education program where Africa stands to benefit and that Nakuru County should take advantage of the opportunity.” said Carter.

Governor Mbugua welcomed the opportunity saying Nakuru County would embrace the program and was ready to facilitate local universities to partner with the 150 year old institution which is Charlotte’s premier independent urban university.

Earlier, Governor Mbugua met with Charlotte’s City key government officials from the Chamber of Commerce, County Commission, and the Regional Visitors Authority at the multi-purpose “The Park Expo and Conference Center”.

Bishop Claude Richard Alexander Jr., President of “The Park Expo Center” who welcomed Nakuru County delegation to the Charlotte community said the city is ready to do business with Nakuru County.

Governor Mbugua gave a presentation of the County showcasing the potential investment and development opportunities available for the Charlotte business community.

“As Nakuru County I encourage the need to enhance trade, promote leadership development that would benefit the two regions with emphasis on areas of energy, technology and small business growth.”

Governor Mbugua and the delegation were later conducted to an extensive tour of the expo center that will serve as the catalyst, intermediary and partner as a potential trade hub with Africa.

Part of the expansive 350,000 square feet center will be utilized to convene government, private sector development and investment, NGO’s, community based organizations in a cooperative arrangement, to drive economic impact across people, technology, service, missions and the environment.

Governor Mbugua also met and discussed potential economic development opportunities with the president of the Charlotte Regional Partnership Ronnie L. Bryant at the Nascar Plaza.

The delegation wound up the visit to Charlotte with a tour of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture.

Governor Mbugua hosted at the North Carolina State Capitol

Governor Mbugua was hosted at the North Carolina State Capitol where he met the Chief of Staff Thomas Stith who was representing NC State Governor Patt McCrory.

Nakuru County and USA’s North Carolina State are set to sign a sister-state agreement that will provide the legal form of partnering and utilizing one another’s best practices in research, technical assistance, development, agriculture, economy development, education and investments among others.

Mr. Stith noted this will be a historically significant partnership, and that it will serve to positively impact the lives of the peoples of the two Cities.

Governor Mbugua Initiates Development Dialogue with USA and Diaspora

WASHINGTON DC, USA 4th August 2014 – Governor Kinuthia Mbugua is in North Carolina, USA on a trade and investment mission where he will attend several meetings with potential investors and partners with a view to establish a working relationship between the host and Nakuru County.

The meetings which serve as an introductory dialogue between the state of North Carolina and Nakuru County, will be focusing on trade and educational investment opportunities including establishing a sister-state partnership.

During the one week visit, Governor Mbugua will attend a series of meetings with the state’s Governor Pat McCrory and top ranking officials from the Department of Commerce, State Capital, and North Carolina Central University where the delegation is scheduled for a roundtable discussion.

Accompanied by a strong delegation from the County Executive and the County Assembly, Governor Mbugua will then visit the North Carolina A&T State University where issues to be discussed will include facilitating a partnership between the university and a Nakuru County based university.

The Governor is also scheduled to attend the International Association of African Non-Governmental Organization (IAAN) Social Accountability Summit on 7th and 8th August in Washington DC where he will also meet Kenyans whom he will sensitize on the potential opportunities towards establishing a diaspora and Nakuru County partnerships and investments.

During the visit the delegation will also get a chance to visit various sites including local industries and technology firms.

Governor Mbugua’s delegation includes Nakuru’s First Lady Lucia Mbugua, Speaker of the County Assembly Susan Kihika, CeC in charge of Finance and Planning Francis Mathea, CeC in charge of Lands, Housing, and Physical Planning Rachel Maina, County Secretary Joseph Motari, Chief Officer Trade and Industrialization Edith Kimani, and Member of County Assembly for Viwandani Ward, Naivasha Eunice “Mama Soko” Wambui, County Economic Advisor Eng. David Muthoga.