President Uhuru Kenyatta announced that the Lamu port’s first berth would open in October. In an impromptu visit to the port, the president expressed satisfaction in the ongoing construction, citing that the project will employ many Kenyan youths. Additionally, Uhuru believes that the project will enhance national connectivity and attract investors to Kenya.
“Very soon, next month, we will be here to open the first berth…:”, announced the president. ” We will launch by seeing a ship dock here to offload cargo,” he added.
Over 33 shipping companies have expressed interest in the LAPPSET project and intend to tour the port next month. The government is financing Lamu Port’s first three berths, whereas Public-Private Partnership will fund the other 29 berths.
The launching of the port, together with other projects, will open up Lamu and the rest of the region for investment. Part of the LAPPSET project includes a planned pipeline network from Turkana oil fields. Additionally, the port project features a newly constructed road network, including a 200 km road connecting Mokowe to Garsen.
Moreover, the county has seen other development projects such as electricity expansion. This will drive investors and jobs to Lamu.
Upon completion, the Lamu port will be the heart of Kenya’s transit and shipment business.