The County Government of Uasin Gishu is keen on lowering the cost of doing business by looking into policies and legislative hindrances that make it cumbersome to start and run businesses, Governor Jackson Mandago, EGH has said.
The county boss spoke on Friday, during a courtesy call by Ned Tozun, Delight Solar Inc’s global CEO.
The innovative solar energy solutions company was in the county to open a business headquarters in charge of North Rift and parts of western Kenya.
“ We are delighted that Delight Solar has identified Eldoret as a centre to serve this part of the country. It is our ( government’s) duty to ensure that investors find it easy to set up and run their businesses. We encourage you to work with the local community by empowering them through the creation of job opportunities as well as in doing social responsibility projects to uplift lives of the less privileged through your business solutions and products”, Mandago said.
The private solar energy solution company becomes the sixth major private investor to set up shop in Uasin Gishu in the recent past. Delight Solar offers reliable alternative green energy solutions that focus on Kenya’s off-grid population.
“ We have confidence in establishing our regional centre in Uasin Gishu County because your administration has created an environment for a very vibrant and growing economy with efficient transport and communications network”, Delight’s CEO Ned Tozun said.
The county CEO directed Dr. Emily Kogos, County Executive Trade and Industrialization to work with Kenya Anti-counterfeit agency and Kenya Bureau of Standards to enforce eradication of counterfeit products which hinder the growth of genuine businesses and sell sub-standard products which are harmful to the environment and people.
“ We will work together to promote your solutions but we also request you to expand your networks by establishing a business model which will give incentives to hawkers and informal business units that are used to the perpetual proliferation of cheap counterfeit solutions”, Mandago said.
Deputy Governor Daniel Chemno also present during the event noted the need for promotion of such companies whose energy solutions are reliable and compliment the national supplier Kenya Power & Lighting Company.
Uasin Gishu county is set to be the home of Kenya once Alten Africa when the French company completes construction of a 40MW solar field in Plateau, Kesses Sub-county.
Earlier, Mandago had hosted a top delegation from the Mobile service provider, Safaricom who had come to discuss various ways the company would work with local youth to create employment and entrepreneurship opportunities by using technology to tap into the youth’s potential especially in Technology.