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Migori County to host the 11th summit of Lake Region Economic Bloc  

Preparations are in top gear in Migori as the County prepares to host the 11th Summit of the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB).

The LREB Summit which brings together 14 counties from Western, Nyanza and South Rift regions, will be hosted in the County for the first time from March 14th to 16th.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of LREB, Victor Nyangae, said that they expected the summit to bring together LREB governors and other dignitaries across the country.

LREB was established in 2015 as an Economic Bloc, to enable the counties to leverage economies of scale, and facilitate the development, management and utilisation of cross boundary economic resources and infrastructure.

Nyangae said that this year’s Summit will focus on issues of climate change, the blue economy and trade.

He added that tourism and agriculture will also be discussed to boost the agricultural sector in the region.

The LREB has rich agricultural sectors that include aquaculture majorly from Nyanza counties, maize production from Trans Nzoia and sugarcane from Western and Nyanza regions.

The LREB also boosts of Tea production in Nandi and Kericho and banana and sweet potatoes from Kisii and Kuria regions.

Migori County Governor, Dr. Ochilo Ayacko, noted that the Summit will aim to improve the economic development of all the LREB counties.

Ochilo said that they are expecting various investors who will support the LREB, to ensure that there is growth in the region.

“We will have both National and International investors who will support our region in ensuring that the projects they launch will run smoothly without delays or interference,” remarked Ochilo.

Ochillo also added that they are looking forward to establishing a strong market with the neighbouring countries to provide a market for their residents as well as neighbouring countries of Uganda and Tanzania.

“We will discuss how we can establish trade with our neighbours in Uganda and Tanzania, to ensure that our people export their goods freely,” said Dr Ochillo.

By Eunice Wanjiru

 

 

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