Tatu City awarded by UNCTAD as an ESG model zone




Tatu City has been recognised as a model for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG). During the recent 2023 Africa Economic Zones Organization (AEZO) SEZ Annual Meeting in Morocco, Tatu City was recognized as one of nine African ESG model SEZs selected by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). Only 50 SEZs were conferred special status out of an estimated 5,000 SEZs worldwide.

The zones were chosen based on their commitment to sustainable development, promotion of SDG-focused investments and adherence to ESG standards. According to UNCTAD estimates, the world has over 5,000 SEZs, with more than 90% of them in developing countries, including 250 in Africa. Kenya has more than 30 licensed SEZs including Tatu City, establishing the country as an important African investment destination.

(TOP: L-R – Dr. Ahmed Bennis, the MD at Tanger Med Zones and Secretary General of Africa Economic Zones Organization – AEZO ; Thomas Mwaengo, Tatu City’s SEZ Operations Manager; and Dr Kenneth Chelule, CEO of Special Economic Zones Authority, during the AEZO SEZ Annual meeting in Morocco. Tatu City was recognised as one of nine African ESG model SEZs by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. Only 50 SEZs were conferred special status out of an estimated 5,000 SEZs worldwide).

Angela Muthoga, Tatu City’s Sustainability & Corporate Partnerships Manager, said that Tatu City has long been the SEZ industry champion for global best practices in Kenya, and the recognition as an ESG model demonstrates Tatu’s ongoing commitment to upholding the highest ESG principles.

“Rendeavour is Africa’s largest new city builder. A key part of our success is ensuring that social purpose is at the heart of everything we do. Our four pillars of Corporate Social Responsibility, namely Education, Community, Healthcare, and Conservation, are in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) and are motivated by a desire to positively impact the communities and environments in which we do business,” added Muthoga.

At the same event, Kenya was elected to the Steering Committee of AEZO with 24 votes out of 60, followed by Guinea with 11 votes. AEZO is a continental organisation comprising leading public and private institutions in charge of the development, management, and promotion of economic zones in Africa. It has 82 members representing 42 African countries. Tatu City is the regional office for the World Free Zones Organization (WFZO), of which AEZO is a member.

“We take great pride in this major milestone for Kenya, having been the pioneering signatories for AEZO at a time when there was very little awareness about the association despite the significant benefits that come with membership, including networking with the global zones community, and raising the credibility of our country’s SEZs,” said Thomas Mwaengo, Tatu City’s SEZ Operations Manager.

Speaking about the developments, Abubakar Hassan Abubakar, Principal Secretary, State Department for Investment Promotion at the Ministry of Investments, Trade, and Industry, explained that the selection of Tatu City, along with Konza Technopolis, was a clear demonstration of Kenya’s progress in Africa’s sustainable economic development.

“Incorporating green policies in the development of SEZs is paramount not only to achieve economic growth but also to meet our country’s commitments to the UN’s sustainable development goals and our nationally determined contributions,” said the PS.

In recognition of the Kenyan government’s support for SEZs as an important tool in driving sustainable economic development, Kenya will host the AEZO General Assembly in 2024, according to the PS.

Tatu City is a 5,000-acre new city on Nairobi’s doorstep with homes, schools, businesses, a shopping district, medical clinic, nature areas and recreation for more than 250,000 residents and tens of thousands of day visitors. Tatu City’s schools educate thousands of students daily, a range of homes suits all incomes and more than 75 businesses thrive in the country’s first operational Special Economic Zone. Located 30 minutes from Westlands, Tatu City represents a new way of living and thinking for all Kenyans in a live, work and play environment that is free from traffic congestion and long-distance commuting.

Tatu City is a development by Rendeavour, Africa’s largest new city builder with 30,000 acres of visionary projects in growth trajectories across Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Zambia and the DRC.

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