Kenya plans to set up Leather City to help spur industrialization

The Kenyan government has announced plans to establish a Leather City, a fully-fledged product development facility in Athi River, a town outside capital Nairobi, that will be the first of its kind in the region.

The industrial park will be set on 500 acres of land that has been identified in eastern Kenya, which the government is optimistic could generate 10 times the current value of exported raw leather to about 1.09 billion U.S. dollars in 18 months

"This is in line with government policies to move the country from an exporter of raw and semi-processed hides and skins to finished leather goods," Industrialization Cabinet Secretary Adan Mohamed told journalists in Nairobi late on Tuesday.

Mohamed said the establishment of the Leather City has been endorsed by the government, adding that the initiative is expected to spur investments in value addition for the leather sub-sector.

"As a country, we have abundant supply of raw hides and skins, and the ministry has embarked on plans to establish a world class industrial City in Kenanie, Athi River to move the country from an exporter of raw and semi-processed hides and skins to finished leather goods," he added.The planned Leather […]

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