Members of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) have requested that a section of SGR operations be reserved for them. This was during a special knowledge sharing forum held to discuss the mode of operations to be adopted during operation of the SGR line.
The delegation had toured the SGR project’s Nairobi Terminus and acknowledged that remarkable progress has been made in constructing the line. They expressed their confidence that the project will be commissioned on time.
Speaking at the forum, SGR Project Manager Eng. Maxwell Mengich informed the participants that a new window of opportunities will be realized during the management and operation stage after construction is completed. He challenged the members of the Alliance to position themselves to take advantage of these opportunities.
“We are now transitioning into a critical phase of the projects implementation. We will soon commence operations and the expectations are high. Already talks are ongoing with the Transaction Advisor about a range of initiatives and aspects that should be adopted for operations and maintenance of the line, rolling stock and equipment. This is the point at which the Private Sector in Kenya should seek to play a part in the project. There are immense opportunities we can partner in to ensure operations are successful,” he said.
KEPSA Chief Executive Ms. Carole Kariuki on her part called for continued information and knowledge sharing sessions between the two organizations in order to ensure that the project’s contribution to the nation’s growth is realized. She acknowledged that the private sector in the country was the key beneficiary during the construction period with manufacturers reaping billions from supply of various materials to China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC).
In a similar development, the NIC Bank Directors toured the same section of the project on March 3, 2017. They aimed to assess the progress made in construction and were impressed by the State-of-the-Art passenger station. They indicated that they are currently accelerating their growth strategy and will seek to partner with Kenya Railways by providing financial services to passengers using the station through placement of Automated Teller Machines (ATM) at the SGR stations and financing suppliers during the operation stage.
Both the visiting teams appreciated the progress made on the project and said that they are looking forward to enjoy the train services once operations commence.