NAIROBI – Public Service Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria appeared to regret a denied opportunity to achieve his grand plan at the Ministry of Investments, Trade and Industry, leaving hoping the team he left will continue with the “great team we had”.
Speaking at the NSSF Building as he handed over the docket to Trade CS Rebecca Miano on Wednesday, Kuria said it has been 11 months marathon for him and his team at the ministry, which he redrafted and aligned to the Kenya Kwanza administration agenda. He had moved the offices to Two-Rivers Mall.
“I have done the foundation and put this country into an economic revival and take off. The wheels of production have started to roll as investors are ready to industrialize the country from all corners through our revolutionary County Aggregation and industrial parks,” Kuria said of his pet project.
By the time President William Ruto reshuffled the Cabinet on October 4, Kuria had launched 16 County Aggregation and industrial parks across the country.
In an interview with vernacular radio station Kameme FM, Kuria narrated how he developed the concept note for the revamped Trade ministry, capturing the Investments aspect and shared it with Ruto before he formed government. The new name was his proposal, he said.
Among other successes that Kuria cites at the ministry include introduction of a pipeline of 26 deals from the Gulf region and Indonesia, negotiation for the investment of Sh450 billion from Afriexim Bank in e-mobility, special economic zones and export procession zones.
“The trade negotiations and investment partnership that we’ve initiated from all parts of the world like Indonesia, US, UAE, Saudi Arabia and others, will see this country move from an importing one to an export Giant,” CS Kuria said during the handover.
He said he moves to the Public Service and Performance, Performance Delivery and Management with “a lot of satisfaction and humble contention for the work I have accomplished and happy.
“I am confident the team that I have left behind will continue with the dream that we had,” the CS said as he thanked President Ruto for the new role.
“I’ll take a lead role as the coordinator of all inter-ministrial projects and unlock any walls that would be interfering with a speedy delivery of services and projects to Kenyans,” the CS said.
On her part, CS Miano said she is committed to realizing the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda in the new docket, even as she wished Kuria “Godspeed” as he takes over his new job.