DEPARTMENT OF ICT, TRAINING AND INDUSTRIALIZATION (ITI)
The ICT, Training and Industrialization (ITI) sector comprises of the following sub-sectors namely ICT, T.E.T.I and the Center for Devolved Governance.
The sector contributes significantly to the overall County development agenda as envisioned by the Kenya Vision 2030, by overseeing the fast tracking of the various initiatives, poverty reduction, creation of employment opportunities and wealth creation. The Sector also plays a significant role towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and economic empowerment in the County.
Sector Vision and Mission
“A dynamic industrial and globally competitive society that thrives as a destination of choice for ICT, Trade, Tourism, Investment and Industrial development, decent employment and equity with citizens operating freely across borders.”
“To facilitate sustainable trade, investment and tourism, vibrant industrial base, Inter County/regional integration, competitive, equitable and socially responsible environment, conducive to investment, trade and enterprise development.”
- Facilitate transformation of the economy to promote industrial development, investment, competitiveness and employment creation.
- Build mutually beneficial regional and global relations to advance Kenya trade, industrial policy and economic development objectives.
- Facilitate broad-based economic participation through targeted interventions to achieve more inclusive growth.
- Create a fair regulatory environment that enables investment, trade and enterprise development in an equitable and socially responsible manner.
- Promote a professional, ethical, dynamic, competitive and customer-focused working environment that ensures effective and efficient service delivery.
THE DEPARTMENT OF TRADE
The Department of Internal Trade is charged with the responsibility of facilitating and promoting the orderly development and growth of domestic trade and SMEs through formulating and implementing trade policies and strategies. Some of the activities undertaken by the Trade Office include:
- Identifying opportunities for setting up small enterprises, retail and wholesale trade, service outlets and self-employment possibilities in their County’s of operation.
- Guiding up-coming businessmen regarding the business opportunities in the County, other parts of the country, East African Community, COMESA and other trade arrangements like AGOA and the EU-ACP and the WTO
- Identifying products with export potential and preparing product and company profiles and circulating these to Export Promotion Council, and other agencies so as to assist upcoming SMEs who want to venture in the export market.
- Collecting and providing information on government and County policies pertaining to trade development and promotion and analyzing its effect to the business community.
- Organizing and/ or facilitating trade exhibitions in the County for the benefit of the local business community.
- Facilitating, catalyzing and/or organizing training programmes for the business community.
- Administering Joint Loan Board scheme, whereby traders are able to assess affordable loans from a minimum of Kshs 50,000 to a maximum of Kshs 300,000 repayable up to two years, with the interest rate being 8% p.a.
- Promoting fair trade practices and consumer protection.
- Monitoring the movement of prices and the supply position of essential commodities in the County and keeping headquarters informed about shortages, if any in the County.
- Studying the effect of the liberalization and globalization on the local trade, availability of goods, price inflation, hoarding, counterfeit and contraband goods and keeping the County Government and the concerned government agencies informed.
- Networking and collaborating with local private sector organizations, NGO’s, quasi-governmental organisations and relevant government departments for the promotion and development of trade in their Countys of jurisdiction.
There exists a huge potential for tourism. Part of Bomet County is within the expansive Mau forest which is home to different tree species, wildlife and birds which can easily be exploited for tourism. There are also caves and waterfalls in Konoin, Bomet central, Bomet East and Chepalungu Sub-Counties along major rivers of Itare, Nyongores, Amalo and Chepkulo rivers.
Transmara forest, a section of Mau forest complex is within Bomet County and is home to rare animal species like Bongo, Giant forest hogs, Cooper tailed monkeys, Black and White Columbus monkeys, Elephants, Leopards, Buffalos and abundant birdlife. It is the only National reserve in the county and has all the potential to be a leading tourist attraction for the county.
The success of Bomet County as a tourist destination relies on a coordinated approach to the planning, development, management of it as a destination. The department works closely with other sector and agencies in promoting tourism activities in the County
Bomet County has several untapped renewable energy sources which if harnessed could greatly enhance access of the residents to clean and affordable energy. There exists significant potential for small and mini hydro power plants in several rivers flowing through the county. There is also potential for wind and solar energy. On a much lower scale, there is opportunity for bio gas digesters for use in individual or neighbouring homes for cooking and lighting. Sustainable production of wood fuel also needs to be encouraged and developed to ensure that the rate of production exceeds the rate of extraction. Wood fuel, if sustainably managed, has the potential to become an income earner as the tea factories in the county use wood fuel and buy them from farmers.
The county energy sector intends to lead the way in formulation of policies and implementation of programs that will lead to the realization of these energy potential for the benefit of the residents of the county.
The Bomet County Energy sector has identified and prioritized the following projects in the immediate term:
- Iria Maina Multipurpose Co-operative Society Limited Hydro power generation project – intends to supply 200W in phase 1 to the adjacent community, while creating employment and conserving the environment.
- Up scaling of the Rural electrification programme to connect as many market centres and learning institutions as possible
- Feasibility studies on identified potential hydro, wind and solar energy sources in the county
- Development of viable energy sources
The Industrial base in Bomet County is very small yet the county is endowed with various agricultural raw materials which can be processed for value addition. The county has three tea processing industries and a milk processing plant in Sotik. The county also has a modern maize milling plant in Bomet town which is already operational, and there is a high potential for the development of other industries given the strong agricultural base of the county. Additionally, the County has a thriving jua kali sector with many small scale entrepreneurs spread across all the urban centres of the county such as auto mechanics, carpenters, market vendors and many others. The County has three jua kali associations namely Bomet, Sotik and Ndanai jua kali associations with 189 artisans.
In the industrial sector aims at:
- Promoting the growth of SMEs and Juakali sectors
- Establishing of Juakali sheds in every sub county
- Equipping and Operationalization of the constituency industrial development centers (CIDC)
- Promotion of industrial growth and development in the county
- Promotion of value addition especially on the agricultural crops