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Chemical & Minerals Industries

Chemicals and Minerals Industries

Headed by Mr. Julius Kithinji Kirima, MBS, HSC

Objectives and Functions of the Department

The Strategic Objective of this Department is to:

  1. Attracting Local and Foreign Industrial Investment
  2. Some of the specific functions of this Department are as follows:
  3. Identification and promotion of industrial investment opportunities;
  4. Preparation of industrial project profiles and resource mapping in the manufacturing sector.
  5. Facilitation of a conducive business environment for the existing industries and attraction of new industrial investment;
  6. Promote the development, growth, and graduation of Medium Industries.
  7. Development and coordination of the implementation of sustainable incentive schemes
  8. Implement environmentally friendly industrial programs and projects;
  9. Generation of proposals for market access, development, and expansion for manufactured exports;
  10. Identification and promotion of investment in strategic industries
  11. Proposal on harmonization/rationalization of taxes and tariffs in line with the regional trading blocs;
  12. Facilitate raising of the share of manufactured products in the regional market from 7% to 15 %
  13. Negotiation for the removal of Non-Tariff Barriers in the regional market


  • Development of the Free Trade Zones (FTZ)

Objectives of the Programme:
The Free Trade Zone will be expected to have world-class infrastructure and facilities that will attract global, regional, and local investors. It will provide access to a market of over 400 million consumers in the East African Community, COMESA, and the Great Lakes region. Once these infrastructural facilities are in place, Kenya will be positioned as the preferred Continental Free Trade hub. The FTZ program is expected to provide a point for re-export and import and provide inter-regional trade for diverse products and will be a preferred link in the trade distribution channels within the Region.


  • UNIDO-supported Programmes and achievements
1 Soya Bean Processing Plants Setting up Soya bean processing Plants in Migori, Bungoma, and Kisumu Completed and Phase 2 under Consideration
2 Coconut Value Chain Master planning National Validation of the draft master plan A draft Master  plan  prepared
3 Sub-contracting and Partnership Exchange at the Kenya Investment Authority


First phase complete