Investors from Iran have expressed willingness to partner with local investors in a move that will see medical equipment manufactured locally.
Iran is one of the countries known for manufacturing world-class medical equipment that are usually available for purchase by other countries at a low cost.
Speaking after hosting the Iranian Ambassador to Kenya Jafar Barmaki, Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said collaboration between investors from Iran and Kenya will help ensure easy and seamless transfer of technology on manufacturing of medical equipment to the country.
“Iran is one of the countries willing to transfer technology, they are not just out to make us their permanent market but are willing to help us manufacture the same equipment here,” the governor said.
“A challenge that we have been facing is that we usually get the products but they are not followed by transfer of technology which means their lifespan is usually limited. This is an area this partnership will help address,” he added.
During the meeting, the Governor who was accompanied by officials from the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry led by the National Vice President Dr. Erick Rutto and the Uasin Gishu branch officials also discussed with the team led by the Iranian envoy the possibility of partnership in the Agricultural sector, especially for the market and value addition for Avocado.
“We can have our products like Avocado go to Iran as well as get investors who will partner with those locally based to set up manufacturing industries that will help in value addition like producing oil,” Mandago said.
Mandago has been on the lead in the campaign that urges farmers to diversify – with a focus on high-value crops such as Avocado, Macadamia, coffee, and Tissue Banana.
The Governor who is also the chairman of the North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) further called on the Iran envoy to consider bringing in investors who will partner on the modern abattoir already set up in West Pokot and Baringo, as well as fruit processing investors in Elgeyo Marakwet.