As big infrastructure projects connecting East Africa pass through Isiolo, the town is set to turn into the next frontier for business.
All of Kenya’s multibillion-shilling projects pass through Isiolo, a coincidence that could lift the county’s profile by 2030.
Isiolo is the main town that connects the standard gauge railway to Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
The county is billed to play a vital role as Kenya strives to roll out her growth blueprint, Vision 2030. Through the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport corridor, major investments that could set base in the town include casinos, hotels and upmarket retail outlets even as big corporates come calling.
The projects are positioned in the northeastern counties to add value to the lives of residents, attract investments, increase county competitiveness and create the ease of doing business, said Lapsset Director-General Silvester Kasuku.
The $4 billion Kenya-Uganda oil pipeline, an international airport and resort cities, coupled with the highway linking Lamu, Isiolo, South Sudan, Uganda and Ethiopia, are vital to the county’s transformation.
Mr Kasuku said that completion of the airport terminal, which is expected by December, is already attracting corridor air transport and logistics businesses.
The airport will attract more tourists and experts who initially found Isiolo inaccessible.
The town is now viewed as a resort town because it cashes in on the Samburu and Shaba Game reserves, the preferred tourist destinations after Maasai Mara.
Isiolo Town was made the headquarters of the northern frontier counties by the British East Africa Protectorate in 1922.