Kenya's industrial policy aims at growing export-based manufacturing by raising the share of products in the regional market from 7% to 15 % and develop niche products for existing and new markets. Machakos already plays a host to many investors in the manufacturing industry who meet the high demand for locally manufactured goods. Machakos also is strategically positioned to reach out to regional markets and Investors are invited to take advantage of Kenya's membership to two key regional economic blocs the East African Community (EAC) and Common Market for East and Southern Africa (COMESA).
Furthermore, Kenya is one of the first Sub Saharan countries eligible to export its textile products to the USA under the provisions of the African Growth Opportunity Act (AGOA). The county government is improving the business environment in critical areas such as licensing and security which are vital when it comes to investor consideration. The new Machakos City has parcels of land designated for Industrial Parks and Export Processing Zones which are designed to facilitate the activities of licensed export oriented companies holding the EPZ enterprise license (manufacturing, commercial or services).
Currently the EPZ hosts 3 cement factories, the Kenya Meat Commission, Athi River Mining, Alpharama tannery, Athi River Steel Plant and a host of cottage based industries. Through the various county government and national government incentives, Machakos County has already gotten a commitment of over KES.28 billion (about 321 million dollars) in additional investment in the manufacturing sector with companies planning to inject capital in steel manufacturing, construction and housing, as well as food processing.