Tatu Industrial Park has broken ground on its 420-acre site, welcoming leading Kenyan and international companies to their new home in the light industrial area of Tatu City, the mixed-use, mixed-income satellite city development near Nairobi.
Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development Adan Mohamed officiated at the launch event, which was attended by Kiambu County Governor William Kabogo and representatives of the U.S., Norwegian, British and Australian embassies in Kenya.
Tatu Industrial Park is a world-class light industrial zone free from the congestion of central Nairobi and with easy access to transport arteries. Global consumer company Unilever and leading Kenyan companies Dormans, Kim-Fay and Maxam have announced plans to build new manufacturing facilities at Tatu Industrial Park. Dormans has already started construction.
“Tatu Industrial Park is a testimony to Kenya’s attractiveness as an investment destination,” said Cabinet Secretary Mohamed. “By creating jobs and privately funded infrastructure, Tatu City compliments the government’s efforts enhance our country’s economic development. Tatu City is aligned with the vision of the Nairobi Metro 2030 Strategy, as well as the country’s Vision 2030 blueprint for economic growth, and the Government of Kenya is pleased to facilitate its development and success.”
Commenting on the industrial park launch, Stephen Jennings, Founder and CEO of Rendeavour, the majority shareholder in Tatu City, said, “Tatu Industrial Park provides unparalleled infrastructure and master planning to Kenyan, African and global businesses. As a major investment in the Kenyan economy and a benchmark for visionary urban planning, Tatu City will provide tens of thousands of jobs for Kenyans and create a holistic development that eases the burdens of urbanisation on central Nairobi.”
Governor Kabogo thanked Tatu City for choosing Kiambu County for “such a mega project”, noting that the development has helped to attract additional local and international investors to the county.
“The Kiambu County government works hard every day to improve the business and living environments for its residents through planned development. We are pleased that Tatu City has recognised this commitment and is helping to position the county as the place to grow, work and live in,” Governor Kabogo said.
With access to water, electricity, sewage drains and Tatu City’s residential and recreational facilities, Tatu Industrial Park is ideal for a range of businesses, from warehousing to manufacturing and distribution. Tatu Industrial Park is located within easy proximity to Jomo Kenyatta Airport, Runda, Kenyatta University, UniCity, Thika Highway and the Northern and Eastern Bypasses, giving companies a unique gateway to Kenya, East Africa and the world.
Tatu City will be home to more than 70,000 residents and 30,000 day visitors and create tens of thousands of jobs during its 20-year, phased development.