A $90 billion (Sh9.3 trillion) development project has been launched in Shimoni village, Kwale County to transform the former coastal slave trade gateway into Kenya’s next biggest manufacturing and export hub.
The project, also known as Shimoni Integrated Development Project (SIDEP), is expected to transform Shimoni area and many parts of Kwale into a world class eco-friendly development area when it is completed in the next two decades.
Speaking during the launch of the project, lead developers Shelters Solutions Ltd (SSL) managing director Saleh Mang’ang’a said they chose to have the project done in Shimoni since the area has huge economic potential and resources with immediate access of the sea that will be used in export and import of products.
“In partnership with Coast Development Authority (CDA), SSL has launched a Sh9.3 billion mega project at Shimoni village. We have chosen this region because of its huge economic potential.
The national government plans to set up a major fish port in the area, showing just how valuable this location is. We will also be in a position to import and export products because of the area’s proximity to the ocean,” said Mang’ang’a.
He noted that the project is 100 per cent financed by investors in the private sector although they have also partnered with national and county government agencies on the development agenda.
“The development agenda is in line with Kenya’s quest to transform into an industrialising middle-income country providing high quality of life to all its citizens as outlined in vision 2030 national long term development blueprint,” he said Mang’ang’a said SIDEP will be constructed in different phases with the first phase focusing on transformative agriculture, fish processing plants, industrial park and the county’s ultra modern freeway road network, which will be improved to meet SIDEP standards.
“The sea water will produce 10,000MW of cheap captive power that can be generated through Desalination Technology and boost the region industrial mining and mineral processing. We plan to develop agriculture on 4,000 hectares of land,” he said.