The Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) held meetings from September 10-12, 2014, at Shelter Afrique Building, Nairobi, to discuss on Government of Kenya engagement in the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR).
The meeting sought to have a clear explanation on the involvement of sectors such as electrical, mechanical, engineering, tourism, security services, transportation and communication, ICT, building and construction, cement, etc in SGR project. The railway gauge construction is set to begin in October, will bring an enormous effect on the tourism, manufacturing, mining sector and trade sector.
SGR will be an advantage to the transport sector in terms of low transport costs, reduced road congestion, increased economic and social integration and employment opportunities. This will later improve local and International investment and wealth creation in Kenya.
Though we have the China Road and Bridge Construction (CRBC) undertaking the project and using locally manufactured products, there is need for detailed information on the role of Kenyan engineers in this project from the Government.This can help generate connection between government and the private sector in making use of the wealth expertise and investment capabilities in Kenya.
The railway gauge will serve this generation and future generation well if decisions are well set to render long term business investment. Therefore, the private sector should work together with the Government to build an efficient, productive and a high performance railway gauge.
On September 17-19, 2014, the local private sector together with Kenya Railways Corporation and China Road and Bridge Corporation will have another engagement meeting on SGR at Kenya Railways Corporation, Nairobi.
KEPSA represents over 100,000 direct and indirect members in the private sector. Its mandate is to oversee private sector development through advocacy, projects and partnerships both local and international. It influences public policy through policy formulation and implementation.