Malaysia En­voy Tours Ed­i­ble Oils Com­pany Com­plex

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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

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