Greening Kenya’s Special Economic Zones and Industrial Parks Stakeholder's Consultation Workshop 15th Sept, 2016
A stakeholder’s workshop on Greening Kenya’s special economic zones (SEZs) and Industrial Parks (IPs) was held on 15th September 2016 at the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA) conference center in Athi River. The workshop was organized by UNEP IETC and KIRDI, in partnership with the Export Processing Zones Authority (EPZA) and the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives.
The theme of the stakeholders workshop was "Greening of Kenya's SEZs/IPs for Increased Productivity and Competitiveness” and participants were drawn from Government, the private sector, Business Associations and Academia. The ultimate goal of the workshop was to solicit for stakeholder input towards the development of a project proposal to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with UNEP IETC acting as the Implementing Partner and KIRDI the Executing Entity.
Kenya Vision 2030 is currently guiding the country's development agenda and recognizes industrialization as one of the key pillars of economic growth and wealth creation. As a result, there has been a proliferation of special economic zones (SEZs)/ industrial parks (IPs) across the country with concentration of industries in delimited areas. These SEZs/IPs have a record of high consumption of energy, water, and raw materials, therefore leading to significant emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs).
KIRDI’s mandate is to undertake Industrial Research, Technology and Innovation. As the country strives to embrace the green economy, our contribution to this green growth agenda is to enable the country’s industries to adopt a low-carbon, resource efficient and climate resilient development pathways. To achieve this ambitious goal, the institute is partnering with UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Center (IETC) based in Osaka Japan to help our parent Ministry to implement its industrial transformation program and adopt environmentally sound technologies and approaches, including the application of industrial symbiosis for waste minimization and management.
The ultimate goal of this project is to create low-carbon, resource efficient, and climate resilient SEZs/IPs as a way of increasing their productivity and competitiveness in attracting green foreign direct investments (FDIs). The stakeholder’s workshop therefore sought to establish a network of key organizations and institutions that will be key players in the sharing of green growth knowledge and experiences as well as the identification of common challenges and opportunities in the promotion of special economic zones/ industrial parks as important tools of the country’s sustainable industrial development process.