First lady Margaret Kenyatta lauds local factories for promoting industrialization


First Margaret Kenyatta has underscored the role local factories play in Kenya’s Industrialization.

The First Lady commended locally owned agro-processing factories for supporting the industrialization pillar of the Government’s Big 4 Agenda.

Speaking on Monday during a tour of Maramba Tea Factory, accompanied by her Hungarian counterpart Anita Herczegh, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta said the processors were helping create employment and wealth for host communities.

Maramba Tea Factory in Limuru, Kiambu County is a farmers’ enterprise that mostly employs women as tea pluckers and provides livelihoods to over 2000 households.

The factory tour provided an opportunity for the visiting Hungarian First Lady to get a first-hand experience of the Kenyan tea value addition process right from the farm to the cup.

In her remarks at different stages of the tour, First Lady Anita Herczegh praised Kenyan tea farmers and processors for consistently producing high-quality tea both for export and domestic consumption.

Earlier at State House, Nairobi, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta and her Hungarian counterpart held talks that centred on women empowerment, maternal and child health.

First Lady Anita Herczegh is companying her spouse President János Áder who is on a four-day state visit to Kenya at the invitation of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The two Heads of State on Monday held bilateral talks where they discussed matters of benefit to Kenya and Hungary.

After the talks, the leaders made a public address where President Uhuru said Kenya is ready to establish a diplomatic mission in Hungary’s capital, Budapest.

Uhuru said the Embassy would be established at the earliest opportunity to widen its presence in Europe.

“It is our desire to have a greater presence in Central and Eastern Europe, and I’m glad to announce today that Kenya is ready to establish a diplomatic mission in Budapest at the earliest opportunity,” he said at State House in Nairobi.

The President added that Kenya is particularly keen on creating more collaborations between its vibrant private sector and their Hungarian counterparts as an avenue of fully exploiting the immense potential for trade and investment that exists between the two countries.

Uhuru noted that collaborations between the two countries are built on trade, investment and development.

“… and it is within this progressive framework that Kenya and Hungary look forward to growing our trade and investment as we recover from the disruptions occasioned by Covid-19.”

Hungary President János Áder arrived in Kenya on Sunday for a four-day State visit.

Áder was welcomed by the President and accorded a 21-gun salute at the State House on Monday.

President Áder will also visit Ghana, where he will view a sewage treatment plant in Kumasi that employs Hungarian technology.

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