Malaysia Envoy Tours Edible Oils Company Complex
The Malaysian High Commissioner to Kenya H.E Ismail Salam recently visited the construction site of Golden Africa Kenya Limited (GAKL), palm oil refinery plant in Athi River, around 30 km from Nairobi.
The High Commissioner had the opportunity to view the progress of the edible oil company’s construction works where a presentation on the project was made.
GAKL, part of Pacific Interlink (PIL) Group of Malaysia, is in the latter stages of setting up one of the biggest cooking oil refineries in East Africa. The plant is expect- ed to commence operations in a few months. Based in Malaysia, PIL is a global leader in the field of Palm Oil and consumer goods, exporting to more than 70 countries worldwide. It has refineries in Malaysia & Indonesia with a refining capacity of 1.5 million metric tonnes per year.
Accompanied a member of the High Commission Staff, the High Commissioner was received by GAKL’s General Manager Mr Abdulghani Mohamed Al-Wegih who guided the visitors on a tour of the construction site, informing them on the various innovative techniques being used and state of the art equipment being imple- mented.
It was Mr Salam’s second visit to the site, an indication of the project’s significance and a confirmation of the relationship between Malaysia and Kenya. In an earlier interview with Diplomat East Africa, the High Commissioner had underscored the need to have more Malaysian involvement and participation in economic activities and development programmes in Kenya.
“We think it is important for Malaysians to consider and seize these opportunities now. Other Asian countries such as China, India, Japan and South Korea already have a strong presence in
Kenya, the so-called gateway to the East African region,” he said.
The High Commissioner was impressed by the special attention the company was giving to latest technology, hygiene and quality management systems.
Salam expressed satisfaction with the quality and progress of the project, which started operations about 18 months ago. He said the project was one of the important results of Malaysia’s active and effective implementation measures in promoting cooperation with Nairobi. Malaysia and Kenya have a standing agreement on economic, scientific, technical and cultural cooperation which was signed in 1995.
The plant is expected to provide thousands of employment opportunities to Kenyan citizens and train them in the group’s units in Malaysia, said Mr Abdulghani.
The Malaysian High Commission is keen to embark on more trade and investment promotion missions to Kenya, including exhibitions on specific areas of interest especially on ICT, the construction sector, education and medical tourism. The country is also looking for promotional activities and development of tourism products and other related activities
WORK IN PROGRESS; Malaysian High Commissioner HE Ismail Salam & GAKL General Manager Abdulghani Mohamed Al-Wegih (middle) get an update at the site during the recent visit