Kenya rolls out locally manufactured motor vehicle

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" My fellow PSs and I today test-drove some of the vehicles manufactured and/or assembled locally. Through our vehicle leasing programme and the National Automotive Policy, we will progressively grow our automotive industry as we push for the best quality and use of local content." Dr. Eng. Karanja Kibicho
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Government says the manufacturing industry in Kenya has demonstrated that it has the ability to manufacture fully finished motor vehicles using locally acquired raw materials.

Mobius utility vehicle and Kobi Motor cycle, the two local brands that have joined the motor market were unveiled at a function attended by manufactures and government officials in Nairobi on Wednesday.

Also unveiled were locally assembled luxury and heavy utility vehicles which included VW Tiguan and Toureg, Peugeo Toyota Pick Up, Iveco heavy duty lorry and Mercedes Benz bus.

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Speaking during the function, Dr. (Eng.) Karanja Kibicho, Principal Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government said that as part of its commitment to support local manufacturing, the Government will buy locally manufactured/assembled products.

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PS Kibicho said that the government had challenged local manufacturers to give a list of 50 products that they can produce and the Government would buy from them instead of importing.

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“The Ministry of Industrialization has given the list and we as government have committed that beginning this financial year, we will buy those products locally so that we can spur the local manufacturing sector,” said the PS.

The PS reiterated government’s commitment to the realization of the Big Agenda of which Manufacturing is one of the pillars that targets to realize 15% contribution in to GDP by the year 2022.

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He expressed hope that in the next few years, 50 per cent of motor vehicle parts will be manufactured in Kenya adding that the country stand- to gain through employment and wealth creation as well as affordable products.

Dr. Kibicho was speaking when the National Development Implementation Technical Committee (NDITC) inspected locally assembled motor vehicles.

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