The County Government of Uasin Gishu will soon benefit from the revitalization of the Eldoret Inland Container Depot (ICD) by the Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) in partnership with Maritime Business Consultancy.
The Eldoret inland container depot commonly known as the dry port had ceased its operations since its establishment 20 years ago.
Speaking today at the County Headquarters during a meeting with KPA delegation, County Executive for ICT, Trade and Industrialization Dr Emily Kogos said the move will greatly boost trade in the North Rift Economic Bloc.
In this region, farmers have embraced diversification calls and soon they will need transportation logistics to export their products overseas,” said Kogos
The revival of ICD’s will be a major boost and a relief to many traders in the region” she added
Her counterpart CECM Water and Environment Mary Njogu noted that the revitalization of the sector will create job opportunities for the youth across the NOREB Region.
The ICD’s are meant to primarily bring port services closer, decongest the port of Mombasa, minimize road damage and carnage, and provide safety and security for transit cargo among others.
The KPA’s move to see the operationalization of Eldoret dry port that was engineered by the revitalization of the existing Meter Gauge Railway (MGR)
Other inland container depots linked to Mombasa Port Container terminal by a rail-trainer service include Nairobi and Kisumu.
Present during the meeting were County Director for Trade, Kipleting Mengich and KPA’s and Maritime Business Consultancy team led by Dr. Joshua Roney.