Busia County will host the second Lake Region Economic Bloc at Hotel Itoya tomorrow (Friday) will all the 14 Governors of the member counties expected to attend.
Kakamega County hosted the first Summit on March 26th, 2018 which endorsed the host Governor Wycliffe Oparanya as the first chairman with Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso elected vice chair.
LREB Communication Director Vera Atieno revealed on Thursday that the aim of the Summit is to institutionalize and operationalize the Bloc whose vision is to be a world class Bloc in promotion of sustainable , equitable socio-Economic development for a better life.
The summit is the highest organ of the Bloc. Top on the agenda will be discussions on the LREB Bank project. Another agenda will be the LREB investment conference that will be hosted by Bomet County in October, 2018.
The Governors will discuss on the LREB Legislative sensitization program on the ratification of the LREB Bill which seeks to give the LREB legal and institutional framework within which to operate .
The County bosses will also meet development partners who have been invited to the summit meeting as a way of resource mobilization for the Blocs activities.
Atieno said LREB’s intervention areas are divided into three. 1. Productive sectors: Agriculture, Tourism, Trade and Industrialization. 2. Social sectors: Education, Health, Gender, PWDs, water, environment and climate change. 3. Enablers: ICT, Financial Services and Infrastructure.
Busia was picked as the chair of the Agriculture pillar and Nyamira as vice chair because of its role of championing Agriculture in the country.
Busia County Executive Committee Member for Agriculture and Animal Resources said Busia is the first county to set up Agribusiness Development Centre, the first to start Agriculture Development Fund where farmers access cheap loans.
” We are also the leading in cage fish farming and local food production including cassava, sorghum , millet and finger millet among others. We have also invested in Agribusiness through USAID program under Kenya USAID-KAVES,” he said.
On Thursday, LREB met the Members of Busia County to sensitize them on the bloc’s Blue Print and Agreement plus LREB ratification bill.