On Monday 20th August the Ummah Initiative Kwale Local Content Project team engaged with the Kwale County Executive Committee Member for Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Bakari Sebe regarding the establishment and operationalization of the Kwale Local Content Task force. We agreed that two officers from the department of finance and economic planning would be very instrumental in the work of the local task force; the director procurement and the director revenue collection. In order to operationalize the task force, UIG will be facilitating the development of a two year working plan and budget. Waziri Bakari Sebe advised that the Kwale Biashara Centers can play a major role to support special extractive sector value chain opportunities capacity building trainings which will translate into significant contribution of resources towards the local content initiative by the County Government of Kwale. UIG will therefore facilitate training of Biashara Center Trade officers as ToTs, and a schedule for local content capacity building trainings at the Biashara Centers established. Waziri said that the SMEs that will be contracted by Base Titanium and other Multi National Corporations can benefit a lot from the Enterprise Revolving Fund within the department of Tourism and Trade and as well the Youth, Women and PWD fund within the ministry of social services and talent management. Currently the two funds have a budget of about KES 100 Million. It will be very important for UIG and the three departments to engage very closely and come up with a memorandum of understanding that will lead to a great partnership supporting local supplier development initiatives for the extractive sector and other multi national corporations. We also discussed the possibility of reviving the Kwale County Economic Corporation dream envisaged in the County Integrated Development Plan and find ways to link it up with the Local Content Supplier Development Project initiated by Base Titanium and supported by the Germany Agency for International Development – GIZ.
Operationalization of the Kwale Local Content Task Force