Energy is a major infrastructural enabler of the other pillars. At national level, wood fuel and other biomass account for 68% of the total primary energy consumption, followed by petroleum at 22% and electricity at 9%. Electricity remains the most popular and its access to the rural areas is estimated at 4 %. Machakos County is open for business when it comes to oil and gas exploration as well as research in renewable energy. Through strategic linkages and partnerships the county has set aside land where investors can set up wind and solar farms.
The county government has also set aside 20 acres of land to erect a power substation while a substitute substation will be located outside the new Machakos city.
Energy projects within the county are set to be developed on a Build - Operate -Transfer (BOT) model. In terms of capacity-building, the county is open to offer scholarships to students, from the county, who wish to pursue technical or degree courses related to energy and power generation.
Information and Communication Technology
Kenya is fast becoming the regional hub for ICT and mainly because of its highly skilled labour and relative sophistication compared to neighbouring markets within the EAC. Kenya is also a host to regional offices for the world’s biggest technology companies including Microsoft, Google, Cisco, Oracle, IBM and SAP. Machakos County is a major player in the Konza Techno City, a Kenya Vision 2030 flagship project that is set to be Africa's first Silicon Savannah and an oasis of modern living and class. This Silicon Savannah creates investment opportunities in:
- Science and Technology Parks
- Business Process Outsourcing (BPO)
- Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO)
- Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO)
- Creative Services Outsourcing(CSO)
The Konza City project is set to host business process outsourcing (BPO) ventures, a science park, a convention centre, shopping malls, hotels, and health facilities. As a county, Machakos can, through the Investment Promotion Board, position investors to take advantage of the opportunity through investments in tertiary institutions and to position the education offered in these institutions to cater to the ICT opportunities. The County Government is also committed to providing investors with land to set up these institutions as well as ICT manufacturing facilities.
Other investment sectors under review by the county and the Investment Promotion Board include:
- Financial Services
- Environment and Natural Resources