Governors expand NOREB Economic Council to include private sector

The Noreb Summit, the supreme NOREB decision making organ has recommended the inclusion of professionals and private sector players in the NOREB Economic Council, the second highest organ of the regional economic bloc

The six Governors from the North Rift who met on a two-day Summit meeting held late June in Mombasa to deliberated on various issues, among them the Bloc’s Policy and Legal frameworks, and NOREB programmes, both current and upcoming.

The Governors who were led by the interim NOREB Chairman Jackson Mandago also considered NOREB’s progress report and the proposed Bloc work plans and recommended a raft of changes including the streamlining of blocs priority areas so as to come up with program led organization structures that will inform the constitution of respective sector committees.

This came after the finalization of the legal instruments; the cooperation agreement, the NOREB Policy and the NOREB Bill which are now ready and the secretariat is sought the governors’ input and nod for next stage which is county assembly engagements and stakeholder involvement ahead of ratification.

The governors scheduled another meeting in August to finalize on the recommendations they made so as to pave way for the next stage of setting up NOREB formally.

The process of developing the constitutive documents is being done by NOREB through support from the UKAID’s Agile Harmonized Assistance for Devolved Institutions (AHADI) programme.

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