By Samuel Ouma
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, MAS Intimates Kenya, a Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturer at Athi River in Machakos County, South Eastern Kenya.
Speaking during the launch of the factory operating under the Export Processing Zones (EPZ) programme, President Kenyatta said the huge investment is a testament of the decade-long groundwork laid under the manufacturing pillar of the Big 4 Agenda which include manufacturing, Universal Health Coverage, Food Security and Affordable Housing.
“I am pleased that while MAS only begun operations in Kenya in the year 2020, you have already injected over 8.5 million US dollars into our economy, employed over 3,000 Kenyans and shipped garments worth over 24 million US dollars which are affixed with the magical, Made in Kenya tag,” President Kenyatta said.
He said the entry of the Sri Lankan apparel and textile manufacturer into Kenya has added to Mas Intimates’ global footprint that presently spans across 17 countries South Asia, North America, South America and Europe.
The President added that choosing Kenya as an investment destination has accorded MAS Intimates Kenya a strategic geographical location, easy access to Eastern and Central Africa.
“In addition, by choosing Kenya, you have access to top tier financial services and information technology capabilities, a strong intellectual property protection landscape and elaborate networks of supporting infrastructure which are being enhanced day-by-day through investments in a modern new railway, road networks and in modern Sea Ports and Airports, fiber optic and under-sea cables and pipelines,” he said.
At the same time, he assured both local and international companies that the Government is committed to enhancing the growth of the private sector by fostering high value-added manufacturing, promoting the adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies and equipping the youth with skill-sets required by a fast evolving marketplace.
“We will also continue to partner with similar industries to create new job opportunities for our people. For example, this new plant will create thousands of new skilled jobs including scientists, engineers, supply chain specialists and technicians,” President Kenyatta said.
Kenyan head of state also thanked Mas Intimates for believing in Kenya’s development agenda, noting that the company has projected to increase its current employment numbers to 4200 by the end of this year and a further 7000 by 2025.
On his part, MAS Intimates Kenya Manufacturing Director Chandana Galappathi thanked the Kenyan Government for creating a conducive environment for investment, saying it has seen his company grow from strength to strength in the last two years.
He assured President Kenyatta that his company is set to create more employment for the country’s youth as it embarks on the implementation of phase two of its expansion programme.