Kisumu projects strategic in national, regional progress

Shipyard’s ship assembly yard

Kenya Shipyard’s ship assembly yard in Kisumu on May 29, 2021. Ondari Ogega | Nation Media Group

Photo credit: Ondari Ogega | Nation Media Group

What you need to know:

  • Kisumu requires major infrastructural development to ensure economic growth and urbanisation of the Lake Basin region.
  • With its strategic location as a port city, it has key access to transport routes through Lake Victoria as it is a gateway to the Comesa and SADC regions.

Kisumu is Kenya’s third biggest city and, just like Nairobi and Mombasa before it, is meant to untap the economic fortunes of the Lake Basin and larger western region. A 2011 UNHabitat report lists among the advantages of a city its role in economic development – providing economies of scale, agglomeration and localisation.


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