- Once fully operational, the port will have cold storage facilities, new modern offices for the various State agencies and berths for light cargo vessels.
- The President later toured and inspected the ongoing construction of a fish processing factory Kibuyuni.
- The factory which is being built by a Chinese investor will process 200 tons of fish daily.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has made an impromptu tour of Kwale County.
Accompanied by Chief of Defence Forces Samson Mwathethe, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata and other top government officials, the President toured the Shimoni fish landing site which the government, through the Kenya Ports Authority, is in the process of upgrading into a modern fishing port.
The upgrading of the Sh500 million fish landing site into a fully operational port complete with cold storage facilities, new modern offices for the various State agencies and berths for light cargo vessels, will be complete within eight months.
"The completion of the fishing port and supporting infrastructure will help spur economic activities in the area," said the head of State.
While at the port, Mr Kenyatta interacted with locals and promised that his administration will sponsor 150 youth for training as coxswains at the newly established Bandari Maritime Academy in Mombasa.
The President later toured and inspected the ongoing construction of a fish processing factory Kibuyuni.
The factory which is being built by a Chinese investor will process 200 tons of fish daily.
President Kenyatta noted that once complete, the factory will directly employ 500 Kenyans from the area and provide a ready market for hundreds of fishermen from Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, Somalia and Madagascar.
While in Kibuyuni, the President also visited the Kibuyuni Seaweed Farmers factory, a project by a local women’s group.
The group, which is being supported by the government, is engaged in the commercial cultivation and export of seaweed as well as the processing of the crop to make soap.
The President assured residents, who largely depend on sea fishing for their livelihood, that the government is working on resolving the challenge of illegal fishing so as to enable them earn more from the trade.