Nakuru County’s Chief Officer in charge of Youth, Sports, and Talents, Ms. Stella Mwaura, and her Trade counterpart, Chief Officer Samuel Ndegwa, recently led a delegation from their respective departments on a benchmarking tour of markets in Nairobi County, with a particular focus on youth empowerment.
During their visit, the team had the privilege of meeting Mr. David Githaiga, the Deputy Director in charge of markets at the County Government of Nairobi. Mr. Githaiga guided them through a tour of the Kariakor and Jogoo Road markets, where they observed various market activities, with a particular emphasis on the vibrant production and sale of leather products, beadwork, and fabrics.
Ms. Stella expressed her optimism that the insights gained from this visit would enable their department to replicate successful initiatives like those at the Kariakor market in Nakuru. The goal is to create opportunities for the youth in Nakuru County to benefit from similar ventures.
Chief Officer Ndegwa emphasized the importance of Nakuru, as the newest city in the country, learning from Nairobi, the capital, and the insights gathered during this benchmarking exercise. He pledged to implement successful strategies observed in Nairobi back home.
Throughout their discussions with Nairobi County officials, various pertinent topics were explored, including the establishment of specialized markets dedicated to specific categories of products, market management structure, solid waste management, market design, planning and development, and emerging market trends.
This benchmarking tour represents a significant step in Nakuru County’s commitment to empowering its youth and enhancing its market infrastructure, in line with its vision for growth and prosperity.