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22 Jul
By: NGPU 0

COVID-19 Tourism Recovery Strategy

The County Government of Nakuru in its bid to restore operations in the tourism industry has called for a dialogue among key stakeholders from National County and county level.

The County Minister for Trade and Tourism Raymond Komen says the prolonged effects of COVID-19 pandemic have paralyzed operations in the sector leaving residents with suffering among them joblessness.

Speaking during a televised interview with MBCI TV said there is a need to cope with the disease by observing the provided health protocols and continue working.

“Tourism contributes a lot to the economy of Nakuru and therefore, we are working hand in hand with the hotels, parks, and tourism shrines to do testing to their workers and issue them with a certificate so as to continue working, Komen said.

The CECM said Governor Lee Kinyanjui’s administration has laid down different recovery strategies which include a discussion with Kenya Tourism Board, Tourism Fund, Tourism Finance Corporation, Tourism Research Institute, and the Tourism Regulatory Authority on how to revive the industry.

“As Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact travel both locally and globally, we are observing industry forecasts and trends that will ultimately shape recovery strategy as hotels begin to plan for the initial rebound in travel demand, “ he said

He also urged County residents to visit local tourist sites like Subukia Shrines, Nakuru National Park, Hellsgate, and Mt. Longonot adding that such sites are therapeutic and healing as compared to other social settings which are weaker links to the virus.

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17 Jul
By: NGPU 0

COUNTY YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

By Jeremy Ogolla

Nakuru County Government has urged youths to acquire technical skills to enable them to benefit from job opportunities that will be availed by the ongoing development of industrial, agricultural and energy parks within the County.

The County Government in partnership with various organizations has zoned and planned areas for specific activities which include Green Energy Park being developed by Kengen at its geothermal power generation hub in Olkaria, Naivasha.

Another one is Egerton University agro-industrial Park that will be key in the manufacture of agronomic production, processing, value addition, and sales of raw food materials thereby increasing employment opportunities.

Trade,Tourism and cooperative CECM Mr. Raymond Komen said, many local and foreign investors have shown great interest in investing the parks among them Naivasha Special Economic Zone once they are ready.

” We have several investors who are ready to come and invest in our county so we welcome them because they will create thousands of direct employment opportunities for our youth,” he said

Komen said the County government has heavily invested in industrial parks that are key to economic growth and create employment opportunities and income-generating activities

He added that the Government of Governor Lee Kinyanjui have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with USAID in increase trade ties between the United States and Kenya at the county level.

Komen was speaking in Comboni polytechnic in Gilgil during the issuing of assorted tool kits for roofing, masonry, tile laying, carpentry, plumbing, welding, electrical installation to youths from the region.

Youths Director Josephat Kimemia echoed Komen’s sentiments that the county has various programs to support and build their capacity.

Local KCB Bank officials praised the efforts being done by county to boost the youth pledging that their organization will join hands supplement their efforts.

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