Jamhuri Park show­ground to be a trade hub

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties -

The ex­pan­sive Jamhuri Park and venue for the an­nual Nairobi In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair will be trans­formed into a 24-hour econ­omy hub by next year.

Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety of Kenya chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ba­tram Muthoka yes­ter­day said the process is in top gear. The grounds will be trans­formed into a modern des­ti­na­tion for in­vestors and en­ter­tain­ment joint all year round, he said.

ASK, which has al­ready pre­pared the mas­ter plan, will part­ner with other stake­hold­ers.

“The ground’s si­lence has been haunt­ing each time the ex­trav­a­ganza [trade fair]comes to an end each year. There are no ac­tiv­i­ties af­ter this. It’s like a grave­yard,” he said.

“Modern in­fra­struc­ture will de­con­gest the CBD. Peo­ple will shop and get en­ter­tained in a serene en­vi­ron­ment away from the city. We want to make it a city within a city,” Muthoka said.

The Nairobi In­ter­na­tional Trade Fair opened yes­ter­day un­der the theme En­hanc­ing Tech­nol­ogy Through Agri­cul­ture and In­dus­try for Food Se­cu­rity. More than 380 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional ex­hibitors will show­case live­stock and farm­ing tech­nol­ogy.

/ AGATHA NGOTHO

Nairobi ASK show CEO Ba­tram Muthoka and chief stew­ard JW Mugo at the show­ground yes­ter­day

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