The government has announced plans to support and facilitate business owners re-establish their businesses at the Westgate Shopping Mall.
 
East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet secretary Ms. Phyllis Kandie said her ministry has kicked off plans to facilitate the rapid restoration of the Shopping Mall following the terrorist attack.
 
The government, Ms. Kandie assured will spearhead an integrated business recovery strategy that will ensure the speedy restoration of the iconic mall.
 
She announced that her ministry would be establishing a working committee comprising of Westgate Shopping Mall stakeholders, who will be, tasked to consider and advise on the immediate action and partnership necessary between the Government of Kenya, Westgate Shopping Mall stakeholders geared at facilitating a rapid restoration of the Mall and businesses.
 
The cabinet secretary was speaking in her office when she chaired an inter-ministries consultative forum comprising of Westgate Shopping Mall tenants and related stakeholders.
 
The consultative meeting held at the Ministry Headquarters sought to explore ways and means of mitigating economic losses arising from the shopping malls closure while considering avenues to, rapidly restore normal operations at the mall. Prior to the attack, the Westgate Shopping Mall was supporting an economic ecosystem, valued at more than Kshs 100billion annually.
 
The proposed committee will also identify the immediate actions by the Government to safeguard on possible loss of more than 2000 direct jobs resulting from the terrorism attack.
 
“The Government of Kenya is sincerely committed to ensuring that Westgate Mall operations do resume within the shortest time possible through a Public Private Partnership model,” Ms. Kandie said.
 
The CS added: “Through this partnership, we shall be further seeking to ensure the overall national economic resilience following the tragic events by reducing levels of business collapse, investor apathy and job losses.”
 
Stakeholders present at the consultative meeting included: Deacons Kenya Ltd CEO Mr Wahome Muchiri, KCB Group Chairman Mr. Ngeny Biwott, Nakumatt Holdings Managing Director Mr Atul Shah, Italian Menswear MD Mr Faiyaz Kurji and Artcaffe/Onami MD Mr Sagi Vaknin among others.
 
Commerce and Tourism Principal Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim Mohamed, Nairobi County Government Deputy governor Jonathan Mueke also attended the meeting alongside Nairobi County Executive Committee Member for Trade Industrialization, Co-operative Development and Tourism Ms Anne Othoro, Insurance Regulatory Authority Director General Mr Sammy Makove and Association of Kenya Insurers boss Mr Tom Gichuhi.

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