Bill stands in the way of North Rift economic bloc
SEE ALSO :MP alleges plot to import maizeYesterday, Noreb Chief Executive Officer Dominic Biwott confirmed that a roadmap had been drawn for the economic bloc. Biwott, a former Nandi deputy governor, said the Noreb Bill and a joint livestock management Bill will be approved by all the eight regional assemblies in the first quarter of 2020. Economic blueprint “In the next three months, we intend to ratify the Noreb bill and a trans-boundary livestock disease policy because most of our communities are pastoralalists,” he said. Among key partnership areas to be operationalised this year are the launch of the region’s economic blueprint and mobilisation of resources. Biwott said mapping out of tourist destination areas was being undertaken in partnership with the Tourism Fund. “We expect to turn the North Rift into a tourist destination, and shift the focus from Maasai Mara and the Coast,” said Biwott. Also listed as a key development agenda is cotton growing, coming in the wake of the revival of Rivatex textile factory in Eldoret in the last quarter of 2019. The crop was abandoned in the 1990s. Its drafting Last June, after a two-day summit in Mombasa, the eight governors resolved to have their respective county assemblies ratify the Noreb Bill as soon as its drafting was concluded. In 2018, the slow pace of enacting laws to actualise Noreb saw Nandi and Trans Nzoia counties shift to the Lake Region Economic Bloc (LREB), which comprises Kakamega, Bomet, Bungoma, Homa Bay and Kericho, Kisii, Kisumu, Nyamira, Busia and Vihiga counties. But Nandi Governor Stephen Sang maintained that his county will remain an active member of the two regional blocs.
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