UK funded Lamu Port City Investment Framework is launched

Lapsset launch
Nic Hailey with Cabinet Secretaries James Macharia and Jacob Kaimenyi at the Lapsset launch. Photo: Twitter/RichardAinsley

On Friday (7 April), the UK’s High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, was one of the speakers at the launch of the UK supported planning and investment framework for Lamu Port City.

The Kenyan government, through the Lapsset Corridor Development Authority, sought support from the British government to develop their master plan. Agreeing to help, The UK government, through the Department for International Development’s UKaid, recruited design, engineering and project management consultancy firm Atkins in September 2016 to develop the plan.

London-headquartered Atkins, recently completed their six-month study, the product of which was a planning and investment framework dubbed “Lamu Port City Investment Framework”.

Speaking during a round-table meeting with the Atkins officials and journalists, Lapsset CEO Silvester Kasuku said the master plan will guide development in the area, including the setting up of Special Economic Zones, as the project takes shape.

“This plan will take care of the industries that are going to take advantage of the Lamu port, the logistic companies, the services and developments that will follow. From real estate to other related activities. This will help us give a clear direction to the private sector on where to set their businesses,” Kasuku said.