While more than 100 local and international investors have so far expressed interest in setting up shop at the planned industrial park, Danish Brewing Company will be the first anchor tenant.
The brewer of Tuborg, Carlsberg, Holsten, and Kronenbourg beers, as well as Somersby Cider plans to set up a plant with a production capacity of 12-15 million cases of beer annually.
The firm will also employ 350 locals and produce beverages using sorghum sourced locally from their recently launched Farmers Outreach Programme, expecting to contract 17,000 farmers.
Among these is the provision of a direct connection to cheaper geothermal power from the Olkaria plant as well as special tax incentives in line with provisions of the Fiscal Incentives Act, 2015.
Foreign investors from India, Europe, United States of America (USA), the Netherlands, China, Sri Lanka and Thailand are said to be interested in setting up base within the economic zone.
The Naivasha Industrial Park under the Special Economic Zones Authority (SEZA) will see the development of the 1,000 acre Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of which 800 acres will have warehousing for various manufacturers, logistics parks and support services to provide a world class manufacturing hub in the region.
Under the 2019/20 budget, the government allocated a total of KSh1.1 billion (US$11m) to go towards the development of textile and leather industrial parks, the Naivasha Industrial Park and the Cotton Development subsidy.
Land for the industrial park is situated where the SGR and the Inland Container Depot will meet.