The Westgate Mall in Nairobi before the attack. FILE
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The government has announced plans to restore Westgate Mall and support traders to re-establish their businesses.
East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism Cabinet secretary Ms
Phyllis Kandie said her ministry has started plans for rapid restoration
of the mall following the terrorist attack a fortnight ago.
said her ministry would establish a team comprising Westgate Mall
stakeholders to consider and advise on specific measures that government
and other parties would jointly take to restore the mall.
proposed committee will also identify the immediate actions by the
Government to safeguard on possible loss of more than 2000 direct jobs
resulting from the terrorism attack.
Ms Kandie was
speaking at her office when she chaired an inter-ministries consultative
forum comprising Westgate tenants and related stakeholders.
The meeting sought to explore ways and means of mitigating economic losses arising from the closure of the mall.
this partnership, we shall be further seeking to ensure the overall
national economic resilience following the tragic events by reducing
levels of business collapse, investor apathy and job losses,” Ms Kandie
Prior to the attack, the Westgate Mall was supporting an economic ecosystem, valued at more than Sh100 billion annually.