THE Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) secretariat today engaged Members of Kakamega County Assembly and other key stakeholders in the county led by assembly speaker Hon. Morris Buluma, in a sensitization drive on the importance of passing LREB bills by member County Assemblies.
Hon. Buluma said he was satisfied with the presentation by the LREB panellists led by Director of Policy and Strategy John Manyolo and expressed optimism that the bills will be passed by Kakamega Assembly once they are presented on the floor of the house. He called on LREB member county assemblies to embrace the bloc as it was a way for counties to leverage on economies of scale, share resources and benefit from expanded market for goods and services. Integration of the region’s economies would ultimately empower the people through increased trade and job opportunities, he added.
Economic Advisor in the office of the Govenor, Paul Posho said the development bank which is an LREB flagship project, will economically empower residents to engage in business ventures by making access to capital easier and more affordable. LREB’s John Manyolo said member counties will enjoy the benefit of shared resources such as Lake Victoria. He lauded Kakamega assembly members for their active participation and encouraged other LREB member assemblies to borrow a leaf from Kakamega. LREB seeks to revive the region’s ailing sugar sector, improve maritime transport on Lake Victoria, protect and conserve Mau, Kakamega and Mt. Elgon forests and establish a fish factory in the region among other key programmes. The secretariat has scheduled another sensitization forum in Kakamega for members of the public.
Other leaders who attended the meeting were Kakamega County Assembly Deputy Speaker Hon. Leonard Kasaya and Majority leader Hon. Joel Ongoro, Clerk of the Assembly, Patrick Kamwessar as well as Minority Leader, Hon. David Ndakwa among others.