The UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, yesterday attended the launch of the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) summit in Kakamega.
Mr Hailey was invited to the event a a representative of the UK which is a partner of the initiative and has provided technical assistance on health, value chains development and service delivery to counties in the Bloc.
Speaking at the launch, the High Commissioner said: “The next great steps in devolution involves the counties working together, this way they can attract even more investment opportunities”
Through their official Twitter account, the High Commission added: “UK (is) proud to have supported preparatory work and to support this important new initiative for development and prosperity in (the) Lake Region.”
The LREB consists of around 14 million people in the 13 counties around Lake Victoria and its environs namely Siaya, Homa Bay, Migori, Kakamega, Bungoma, Busia, Vihiga, Trans Nzoia, Kisii, Nyamira, Bomet, Kisumu and Kericho.
Its objective is to leverage the economy of scale and share resources such as Lake Victoria in order to grow the output of the region and improve the livelihood of the people.
With this objective in mind, the Governors of these counties commissioned Deloitte and Touche’ to develop the Lake Region Economic Blueprint as a roadmap to the development of the Region. This Blueprint was launched by H.E President Kenyatta in April 2015.