The African continent boasts of having many upcoming commercial centers promoting Kenya Tourism. These cities have created a buzz in both domestic and international business sectors. Many of these forthcoming economic zones are based in East Africa. With their fast-developing business infrastructures and untapped potential, these business hubs are poised for expansion and are attracting a lot of startups and investors. Mombasa is one such city that represents the economic dynamism of East Africa.
Lying on the Indian Ocean coast, Mombasa has long been a beach destination in East Africa, attracting tourists for its classic sun, sea, and sand vacation. Mombasa has been home to bustling beaches and romantic resorts. Mombasa is also close to the coastal Shimba hills reserve, ideal for safari day trips. Mombasa is East Africa's biggest and most cosmopolitan port. It has a blend of India, Africa, and Arabia, which is uniquely enchanting. It is essentially a melting pot of languages and cultures from all sides of the Indian Ocean and a hot destination for Kenya tourism.
SEZ's in Mombasa to boost overall economy:
Mombasa Port to become trade hub:
• The latest shipping trends can establish Mombasa as a regional trade hub and promote Kenya tourism.
• The Africa Free Continental Trade Area (AFCFTA) is gaining traction. It will promote a significant increase in traffic flows across every transport mode: rail, road, maritime, or air.
• Mombasa Port can market itself as a critical maritime hub for Eastern and Southern African regions.
• Business opportunities exist in connecting East and West Africa. Mombasa can play a pivotal role in developing this network.
• Relying on goods being sourced internally will have a paramount role in reducing carbon footprint.
• Under the Northern Corridor, Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA) infrastructure are being developed to connect Mombasa to the Atlantic port of Banana in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which will cater to higher Kenya sightseeing tours.
• Under the Resettlement Action Plan (RAP), Mombasa leaders support plans to construct Sh 8.5 billion Special Economic Zone.
• Under the country's blueprint Kenya Vision 2030, Special Economic Zones in Mombasa were identified as drivers of the economy in the region, and an increasing number of Kenya holiday package.
• Dongo Kundu area was identified as the ideal for developing Mombasa's SEZ.
• Around 2,000 people will be resettled on 357 acres of land. Those resettled are primarily from - Dongo Kundu, Mwangala, Mrongondoni, Kaya Mtongwe, Mbuta, and Siji villages.
• The Resettlement Action Plan (RAP) will compensate for potentially displaced structures such as residential, commercial, non-residential, agricultural, religious, institutional, educational, storage, cultural, and security buildings and water-related facilities totaling 2,585 structures.
Mombasa's strategic positioning has the potency to spread its economic benefits and bring visitors as part of Kenya tourism. Efforts to improve efficiency in facilitating trade, increasing revenue collection, and the general ease of doing business have pushed Mombasa to the pedestal of socio-economic growth. Mombasa has recognized the importance of a conducive environment where traders can operate and thrive. Facilities are being promoted to encourage trade among young people. For instance, the installation of modern kiosks has opened newer avenues for employment amongst youth, women, and the disabled. Various initiatives have also been undertaken to promote investment in Mombasa with various foreign governments and various chamber of commerce offices. Infrastructure development projects have included tarmacking Biashara street to provide an effective transport system for business people using that road. Mombasa has also undertaken modernization of retail markets to install modern stalls. Efforts are also being made to convert Mombassa into a smart city by enhancing the investment environment and building a suitable environment for Kenya Holiday packages.