Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has promised Chinese investors free land  to attract investment in agribusiness and the hospitality industry in the county.

The county government will also help the foreign investors in acquiring national government licences to promote establishment of processing plants in the county.

Speaking when he met a delegation from China’s Anhui Province led by Deputy Governor, Zhou Xi’an, Hon. Kiraitu said his administration would support investors in macadamia processing  and construction of  hotels in Meru National Park. He added that Meru County was keen on attracting Chinese investors who will not only process agricultural produce but also have access to the China market.

“Our company will support the Chinese investors in acquiring licences which slow down foreign    investment. We will also provide free land and an educated labour force to support the investments. Meru National Park is a unique tourist attraction but we lack hotel space. We are looking for a Chinese investor to construct a hotel and lure Chinese tourists to Meru,” the governor said

Mr. Xi’an said China was keen on partnering with Meru in manufacturing to create jobs and supply the Chinese market with high quality goods.

He added that Anhui province was taking advantage of the outcomes of the Kenya-China agreements over the China International Imports Exhibition.

“China has come up with its domestic market to foreign investment. We can partner with Meru in provision of high quality goods to the Chinese market. We are glad that Meru County is giving priority to local development as well as foreign investment,” Mr. Xian said.

The two countries recently signed a memorandum of understanding on sanitary and phytosanitary Measures giving Kenya’s fresh produce access to the Chinese market.