President Uhuru Kenyatta launched a Sh 7 billion state-of-the-art Hot-Fill juice line at the Nairobi Coca-Cola Plant, Embakasi.
The President said the investment, under the Coca-Cola Beverages Africa (CCBA), compliments the nation’s Big Four Agenda.
He said that the Big Four Agenda provides solutions to the many problems that Kenyans have longed for answers over the years.
“The Big Four Agenda is our answer to these questions. Kenyans want a country that works for all of us: we want reasonably priced medical care; we want skilled jobs for our sons and daughters; we want to be entirely food secure; and we want dignified jobs for ourselves,” said the President.
“The Big Four serves each of those; and it encourages every other Kenyan to do their part in the work of achieving them,” he added.
President Kenyatta said that the CCBA investment is a clear demonstration the government’s priorities had struck a chord in the private sector.
“Like us, you appreciate the importance of jobs, of innovation, and of manufacturing,” he told the CCBA fraternity led by the chairman, Phil Gutsche and the Chief Executive Officer Doug Jackson. Some of the partners traveled all the way from the US
The Hot-fill Juice facility, the latest and first such technology in the region, impacts over 30,000 local farmers during fruit harvest season and over 1500 employees working at the plant. The new Juice Line manufactures a range of products including fruit juices, sports drinks, dairy fusions and iced tea.
President Kenyatta stated he was not only pleased with the huge investment and the direct jobs created by the plant, but also those created for suppliers and the farmers.
He said there is need to commercialise the country’s agriculture and raise its standards to both compete in the region and anywhere in the world.
President Kenyatta reiterated the Government’s commitment to continue building more infrastructure, and developing policies that are friendly to the manufacturers .
Additionally, government will also continue creating an environment that enables investors to thrive and contribute to the country prosperity.
In this regard, said the President, new regulations under the Public Procurement and Disposal Act will soon be gazetted, paying more attention to the requirements of “Buy Kenya, Build Kenya” and the 40 per cent local content policy.
The policy encourages public and private sectors expenditure to favour goods and services produced locally.
The President was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto.