Uasin Gishu County Governor H. E Hon Jackson Mandago has assured the steering committee planning the 19th Jua Kali/Nguvu Kazi exhibition set for December 2018 of his administration’s maximum support.
The County boss said that the County is ready to host the event and that preparation for the same was in top gear so as to attract more exhibitors from the East African Community.
Speaking on Thursday after meeting a delegation from the six-member state at Eldoret Sports Club which will also be the venue of the 8 day event, Governor Mandago said that this exhibition will not only open business in the region but also get an opportunity to explore other East African made products which shall be displayed at the event.
He also pointed out that there is a need for the region to work together so as to promote innovations from the informal sector, adding that if given maximum attention, the sector will absorb more than half of the jobless youth in the member states.
The vocal Governor further reiterated that Eldoret was the ideal choice citing that the region enjoys a number of infrastructures such as an airport, railway and good road connectivity which makes the movement of goods and services of the exhibitors easy.
On her part, the ICT, Trade and Industrialization County Executive Committee Member Dr. Emilly Kogos boosted Governor Mandago’s assurance by saying that her department takes the event with the seriousness it deserves and that she will go out of her way to ensure that the exhibition is successful.
The delegation comprised of delegates from all the six East African states Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and the new entrant South Sudan as well as officials from Confederation of Informal Sector Organizations (CISO) from all the member states.
Head of delegation Mr. Joseph Kanyi from State Department of Trade- Kenya commended the County for accepting to host the East African event set for December.
The delegation had come to inspect Eldoret Sports Club which is set to be the venue of the event.