County Budget and Economic Forum (CBEF) is a high-level think tank that should be chaired by County bosses and attended consistently by CECMs, Kakamega CBEF workshop has heard.

Besides the participation of County Executives, non-County actors representing key social and economic segments such as youths, the business community and faith-based groups are key players in dissemination of information and public participation.

Kakamega deputy governor, H.E. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima has emphasized that the consistent participation of CEC Members is critically important.

CRA’s Public Finance Management expert, madam Jane Maingi was categorical that the senior officials’ participation was mandatory as all players need proper guidance and information exchange on budget making process and execution and project implementation.

H.E. the deputy governor Hon. Prof. Philip Museve Kutima officially opened the workshop and urged the Commission on Revenue Allocation to enlighten participants on the revenue sharing mechanism between national and county governments and effectively engage the public in the budget planning and implementation cycle.

Also present were CECMs, deputy director CRA, madam Selly Yagan, County Secretary and Head of Public Service, Madam Jacinta Aluoch Odhiambo, Chief Officers in the department of Finance and Planning, John Imbogo and Lawrence Omuhaka, the County Attorney, Mr. Moses Lukale Sande, Crew’s PFM expert, Madam Jane Maingi and Kakamega CBEF members representing special interest groups including the business community, youths, faith based groups and People Living with Disabilities.