The Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport convened a meeting between him, his Principal Secretary and members of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) Consortium to address various concerns raised by the private sector.
The Cabinet Secretary informed the meeting that as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility, the contractor will construct a center for excellence for training in logistics and called on County Governments to avail land for the Centre as a gesture of appreciation.
a) There should be adequate information and Communication between the Ministry, consortium and the contractor (CRBC). and the SGR consortium
b) The Ministry to incorporate key Government agencies relevant and critical for smooth Access of the available opportunities these include but not, limited to Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), National Environment and Management Authority (NEMA). MSE Authority among others.
c) SGR Consortium Status Report to be included in the Presidential Round Table Agenda. The P/S transport and KEPSA shall finalize the report within the week of 3rd November
d) Coordination mechanism is urgently required in order to build best practice models in preparation for future infrastructure projects. This will reduce over-reliance on foreign contractors. This platform and consortium should provide a platform for skills and technology transfer that will immensely befit from other infrastructure within the EAC region and beyond.
e) It was agreed that there will be a joint a consultative meeting with elected leaders including Senators, MPs and Governors from the counties and the Consortium
f) The meeting agreed to maintain regular consultative meetings.