Michael Okidi – Public Communication 17/2/2017
Stakeholders in the East African Community (EAC) Integration process now want Kenyan regional integration policy makers and planners to develop a national strategic plan around which the country’s engagement with her regional neighbours should rotate.
Meeting under a grouping dubbed Friends of EAC at a Nairobi hotel yesterday, the stakeholders further insisted on a clearly structured engagement in matters of regional integration, if Kenya’s position as a leading economic power in the region is too be sustained.
They noted that through the proposed national strategic plan, Kenya would clearly mark out her strategic interests, which must be safeguarded throughout the various regional integration engagements. This, they noted, would safeguard the country’s growth and prosperity policy while at the same time lending adequate support to the integration process.
Teckla Wasonga - PC
The EAC Youth Ambassadors of Kenya for the year 2017/2018 have officially taken over the office from their predecessors, promising to continue from where their predecessors left and to maintain the high standards they set in the community.
The 2017/2018 team will be led by Anne Yvonne from Catholic University of East Africa and will be deputized by Brian Githinji of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Other members includes Gloria Omondi, Kelvin Opere, Mabel Nelima and Gibson Kadenge.
The ceremony that took place in the State Department of EAC Integration Boardroom, was presided over by the EAC Affairs Integration Secretary Barrack Ndegwa.
By Michael Okidi
On a fact finding mission aimed at enhancing their understanding and scrutiny of EAC projects and programmes, East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) Kenya Chapter Members concluded an extensive tour of Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) projects and expressed satisfaction at the impact they had on the local communities.
They kicked off their tour of Kisumu, Nandi and Nyamira Counties with an advance briefing at the LVBC and Lake Victoria Environmental Management Programme (LVEMP) offices for a glimpse of the programmes, costs, target communities and timelines. Most of the LVBC programmes are undertaken through the LVEMP.
The EALA legislators first met the Deputy Execetuve Secretary of the LVBC, Mr Eugene Muramira, to whom they expressed concern over lack of public awareness about the commission’s programmes.