Some of the newly appointed Kenyan Ambassadors to various foreign missions paid a courtesy call on Governor Wycliffe Oparanya on Thursday.
Addressing them at the Kakamega Golf Hotel, Oparanya said devolution was on course despite a few setbacks occasioned by unsteady disbursement of funds by the National Treasury.
The governor, who is also the Chairman of the 14-member Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB) said they intend to set up a regional bank and revive the sugar industry for socio-economic development.
“Once the bank is in place, the small scale business people will access credit at low interest rate,” he stated adding that the revival of the sugar sector would economically empower the cane farmers.
He said his administration has partnered with a foreign investor to set up a tea factory in Shinyalu Sub County so as to provide a market to the farmers in the region.
The LREB Chair also said they are going to revamp maritime transport services on Lake Victoria so as to facilitate the movement of people and goods in the East Africa Community (EAC) member states.
By Sammy Mwibanda