Travel ambassadors to market Kisumu

Nazir Khamisa, Head of Hospitality at Acacia Premier was appointed as the global travel ambassador for Kisumu County by His Excellency, Governor Jack Ranguma. His role as a travel ambassador is to put Kisumu’s socioeconomic agenda on the global scene and sell the county as an investment hub. The implementation of the blueprint will begin in 2015-2016

Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma has rolled out an economic blueprint for the county. Ranguma said the project swill address unemployment and underemployment to hasten growth.

He appointed travel ambassadors to put Kisumu’s socioeconomic agenda on the global scene and sell the county as an investment hub. They include novelist Yvonne Owuor (Creative Industries), ICT guru Kenneth Oyola (Technology), songbird Suzanna Owiyo (Culture and Heritage) and science communicator Sheila Ochugboju (Transformative Science and Urban Resilience).

The governor said implementation of the blueprint starts in the 2015-16 financial year.

“We want to place Kisumu on the world map and compare ourselves, not with other counties, but with established cities like Cape Town and Cairo,” Ranguma said.

He spoke on Sunday night at the MV Uhuru Pier in Kisumu. The event was attended by international investors and dignitaries, including Simba Corporation and Microsoft regional manager for East and Southern Africa Louis Otieno.

“Technology-wise, we would like to compare ourselves to Tallinn, the capital city of Estonia,” Ranguma said.

He said the ambassadors will focus on development of technology, finance and fast economic growth.

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