Development of Industrial Parks

Industrial and Technology parks

Industrial and Technology parks are key elements of the infrastructure supporting the growth
of today’s global knowledge economy. By providing a location in which government, private sector and universities cooperate these parks create environments that foster collaboration and innovation. They enhance the development, transfer and commercialization of technology.

Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park

This is a public private partnership project of the Ministry of Industrialization (MOI), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). JKUAT as a university of technology has been involved in initiatives that have a bearing on enterprises development. However, a lot of research work in this area remains unimplemented since there did not exist any arrangement to ensure the uptake of this knowledge and its use by industry players. To solve this problem, the university submitted a proposal to the Ministry to enter into a partnership to develop an Industrial Park within the University.

The main goal of the park is to promote the collaboration between the government, private sector and the university with the aim of facilitating the growth and development of knowledge and technology based enterprises in line with the Vision 2030.

Strategic Objectives

The main strategic objectives of the Industrial Technology Park will be to: 

  • Facilitate transfer of technology and promote local enterprises
  • Create an environment for inventiveness and innovativeness
  • Stimulate and manage the flow of knowledge and technology amongst university, R&D institutions, companies and markets
  • Facilitate the creation and growth of knowledge based enterprises
  • Provide other value added services together with high quality space and services
  • Translate government policies into sectoral strategies and action plans
  • Promote business planning
  • Promote productivity and competitiveness of enterprises

The proposed Industrial Park will bring together MOIED, JKUAT, financial institutions, City/municipal councils, and the private sector, among other stakeholders.

The park will act as an incubator for knowledge based growth oriented enterprises that will have a potential to grow to medium level sizes within fairly short periods. The park will, therefore, host enterprises for periods of three to six years after which the already developed medium sized enterprises will exit the park and pave way for new entrants. It is hoped that within this period enterprises will have strengthened enough to survive outside the conditions of the park. This will be exclusively a park for manufacturing and processing knowledge and technology based SMIs

The park will also house a technology museum that will showcase the evolution of various technologies. This will act as an attraction for students, entrepreneurs and the general public bringing in some additional revenue to the park. It is projected that the park will have graduated 500 enterprises in ten years. This is estimated to grow from an initial 50 enterprises. Entrants will strictly be firms involved in manufacturing and processing. Service providers and firms not involved in actual product transformation will not operate in the park. This is because the park seeks to grow the manufacturing and processing potential in the country.

The key milestones of the park will be the following:

  • Develop a capacity to host Small & Medium enterprises.
  • Develop to an Enterprise City with amenities such as a shopping mall, theatres, restaurants, etc as support amenities to the incubated firms
  • Developing a fully fledged Technology and Science Museum
  • Graduate at Small firms into the medium enterprise category with ability to thrive outside the park and quickly grow to large companies annually
  • Employment both directly and indirectly.
  • Link the Park to knowledge sources around the region

The main activities to be undertaken in the development of the Industrial Technology Park and require funding include the following:

  • Project formulation
  • Land acquisition
  • Project negotiation
  • Feasibility study
  • Bench marking study tours
  • Development of basic infrastructure
  • Publicity
  • Marketing

Progress

  • 32 acres of land identified at JKUAT
  • A Topographical map was done and beacons established
  • Fencing for the site completed

Contacts

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  • P.O. Box 30418-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
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