Potential of the Coast Region
The Coast Region of Kenya also known as ‘Pwani’ in Kiswahili language is composed of six counties namely; Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Tana River and Lamu. It covers an area of 83,603 km² and has a population of 3,325,307 inhabitants (2009 census). The Coast region’s largest area is found along the
Indian Ocean and is famuous for its warm humid weather, long lavish white sandy beaches perfect for swimming, sun bathing, leisure walks, fishing and water sports and is arrayed with beautiful hotels, apartments and cottages. These attract both domestic and foreign guests thus providing employment in various industries in addition to earning foreign exchange for Kenya.Moreover, there are various activities in the Coast region that currently add value to Kenya’s export figures. Mombasa County which is an island has been central and the hub of economic and administration activites in the Coast because of the Mombasa Port, the Mombasa–Nairobi– Malaba/Busia Road and the Moi International Airport which facilitate trade for both local and export markets. The proposed railway line from Mombasa via Nairobi to Kampala will be an added advantage to trade. Major hospitals, fresh produce market, and majority of businesses operate in Mombasa but network in one way or the other with other counties in the region through road network, Malindi airport, e-communication and telephone.
Kwale County covers Matuga, Kinango, Msambweni and Lunga Lunga cosntituencies. The County is endowed with minerals like Titanium,  fresh fruits (oranges, yellow passion, lemon), yielding coconut trees, sea weed and wildlife. All these products have export potential some of which are currently being exported by Kenyan companies which have interacted with EPC through Export Trade Trainings and Seminars, Outreach Programme and provision of Trade Information and Business Counselling. Some of the products currently being exported from Kwale are virgin Coconut oil and dried sea weed.
Kaloleni, Rabai, Kilifi North and South, Ganze, Magarini and Malindi arear are in Kilifi County. The county is rich in coconuts, cashew nuts, sisal, mangoes, bird eye chillies and commercial crafts. Processed sisal and bird eye chillies are currently being exported while raw cashew nut and mature coconuts are bought by processors for value addition before export. Mangoes are being processed into pulp by a company which is currently selling locally as it prepares for export. Kilifi also has potential for growing and tapping rubber at ‘Mpirani’ as mentioned in the Kenya history of the 1900’s when rubber used to be exported.
Taita Taveta County is well endowed with cool climate, fertile soils and hilly areas which form tremendous scenery for eco-tourism.  It comprises of Voi, Mwatate, Wundanyi and Taveta constituencies. Voi town is cosmopolitan and is the central hub of trading in the County. However, Taveta also has a beehive of activity during market days when fresh produce is sold and transported to various parts of the Coast and beyond. Agricultural activities are prime in the county with farmers practising Dairy farming for milk supply in the domestic market, others plant macademia for supply to processors, mangoes, french beans, sugar snaps and baby corn for export. Some groups are engaged in mining activities for sale of gemstones such as rubies while others are engaged in Sisal farming in plantations found in the County.
Tana River County is composed of Garsen, Galole, Hola and Bura constituencies. River Tana is a key resource in the area since through its waters farming is done by irrigation. Under the Bura Irrigation scheme; green grams, maize and tomatoes are grown for the local market but Paprikka is grown for export. Mangoes are also in plenty for supply to processors, hotels in Malindi and Watamu, and homesteads.
Lamu East and West which are inclusive of Lamu Island, Hindi, Witu, Mpeketoni and Kiunga; compose Lamu County. Agricultural activities are the core of the economy in Mpeketoni and beyond where mangoes, bird eye chillies, cotton and other crops are planted for both the local market and for export. Lamu Island on the other hand is rich in its historical culture. Lamu County will soon be opened up for more trading activities because of the recently commissioned building of the Lamu Port under the LAPSSET project (Lamu Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor). The Lamu corridor, as a transport and infrastructure project in Kenya, when complete will be the country's second transport corridor.
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