In Summary
  • The regional bloc has announced plans to channel resources towards improving the existing road network and maritime transport.
  • The bloc is also keen on embarking on combating the effects of climate change.
  • Mr Ongwae reiterated the need to finalise the bloc’s bank project.

Governors from 14 counties comprising the Lake Region Economic Bloc (Lreb) have vowed to work closely with the national government to improve key shared resources in the region for the benefit of over 16 million residents.

Led by Lreb Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya, the governors were in Busia County on Wednesday where they addressed the county assembly on the progress made so far by the bloc.

The regional bloc has announced plans to channel resources towards improving the existing road network and maritime transport in Lake Victoria in order to improve connectivity in the region after ratification of the regional bank project set to become operational after Busia County Assembly adopted the Lreb Bill, 2018 early this month.

AGRICULTURE

Other sectors targeted by the governors under the regional bloc include agriculture where the counties are keen on reviving the once robust sugar, cotton, coffee, dairy and fish sub-sectors.

“Our region is strategically placed to serve as a gateway to East and Central Africa and we also share a large water body in Lake Victoria which serves around 44.9 million people in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Tanzania,” Mr Oparanya said.

Others governors present were James Ongwae (Kisii), Anyang’ Nyong’o (Kisumu) and host Sospeter Ojaamong.

“The implementation of these projects will include jointly setting aside land for development of industrial cities, modernised workforce and landing bays, development of inter-county road circuits, refurbishing of ports, water hyacinth clearing and dredging of Lake Victoria,” Mr Oparanya said.

CLIMATE CHANGE

He added that apart from maritime transport, the bloc is also keen on embarking on combating the effects of climate change that continue to pose as a threat to population worldwide.

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