Department of Medium and Large Industries


Charles W. Mahinda
Directorate of Industrialization
Ag. Director - Department of Medium & Large Industries


Objectives and Functions of the Department

1. Department of Medium and Large Industries 

The Strategic Objective of this Department is to Attracting Local and Foreign Industrial Investment

Some of the specific functions of this Department are as follows:

  • Identification and promotion of industrial investment opportunities;
  • Preparation of industrial project profiles and resource mapping in the manufacturing sector.
  • Facilitation of a conducive business environment for the existing industries and attraction of new industrial investment;
  • Promote the development, growth and graduation of Medium Industries.
  • Development and coordination of the implementation of sustainable incentive schemes
  • Implement environmentally friendly industrial programmes and projects;
  • Generation of proposals for market access, development and expansion for manufactured exports;
  • Identification and promotion of investment on strategic industries
  • Proposal on harmonization/rationalization of taxes and tariffs in line with the regional trading blocs;
  • Facilitate in raising of the share of manufactured products in the regional market from 7% to 15 %
  • Negotiation for the removal of Non Tariff Barriers in the regional market

2. Programmes and Projects

The Department is currently implementing two projects in collaboration with development partners.

a. Development of the Special Economic Zones (SEZ)

Specific objectives of the SEZ Programme is to:-

  1. Increase the foreign direct investment (FDI) from the current $ 259 million in 2012 as indicated in the 2013 World Investment Report, to $ 1.0 billion by 2017.
  2. Increase exports volumes; the SEZ programme is expected to raise the exports volumes from the current $ 10.1 billion in 2012 to $ 20 billion by 2017.
  3. Create employment opportunities and reduce poverty, the SEZs is expected to create in addition of 10 million jobs by the year 2030.
  4. Generate foreign exchange earnings by promoting non-traditional exports through re-exporting of goods and services.
  5. Generate technology and knowledge transfer.

The SEZs program will create opportunities for new industries and service enterprises leading to generation of sustainable and decent employment opportunities, transfer of technology, and provision of training opportunities in new trades. Indirect jobs will also be created through subcontracting, contract manufacturing and through sourcing of raw materials and services from the wider local economy.

Under the Special Economic Zones programme, we hope to establish three SEZs in the counties of Mombasa, Lamu and Kisumu. The Mombasa Special Economic Zone will include a Freeport at Dongo Kundu which is expected to enhance inter Regional trade and serve both the East and Central Africa countries.

To achieve the ultimate objective of developing the Special Economic Zones, the Government will have to mobilize financial resources through its own budget, Government to Government cooperation, Development Partners' support and through the Public Private Partnership initiatives. Both public and private sector institutions will have to participate in the SEZ development.

Project Activities:

The Master planning activities for the Dongo Kundu SEZ in Mombasa have already began with the support of the Japanese Government through JICA

b. Development of the Free Trade Zones (FTZ)

Objectives of the Programme:

The Free Trade Zone will be expected to have world class infrastructure and facilities that will attract both global, regional and local investors. It will provide access to a market of over 400 million consumers in the East African Community, COMESA and the Great Lakes region. Once these infrastructural facilities are in place, Kenya will be positioned as the preferred Continental Free Trade hub. The FTZ programme is expected to provide a point for re-export and import and provide inter-regional trade for diverse products and will be a preferred link in the trade distribution channels within the Region.

c. UNIDO supported Programmes and achievements







  • Setting up Soya bean processing Plants in Migori, Bungoma and Kisumu

Completed and
Phase 2 under Consideration


Coconut Value Chain Master planning

  • National Validation of the draft master plan

Draft Master  plan  prepared


Sub-contracting and Partnership Exchange at the Kenya Investment Authority

  • Profiling
  • Benchmarking
  • matching

First phase complete


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  • P.O. Box 30418-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Telephone: +254 20-2731531
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