Two governors from Narok and Kajiado on Monday evening signed their cooperation agreement for the establishment of a regional economic bloc.
Samuel Tunai (Narok) and his Kajiado counterpart, Joseph Lenku said the Kajiado/ Narok Economic Bloc (NAKAEB) will strengthen both counties’ economic, industrial, social, technological and other ties for sustainable development.
Narok and Kajiado counties are among Kenya’s fastest-growing semi-regions with significance to the market economy, said Tunai.
Speaking after the signing of the agreement, governor Tunai said that the full successful operationalisation of their economic bloc will enable it to trade with other economic blocs of interest in the future.
“I call upon the county assemblies of Narok and Kajiado to exhaustively discuss the economic bloc agreement on its merits, engage in exhaustive public participation, and develop legislation (twin statutes), that will operationalise the initiative”, added Tunai.
Governor Lenku, who is the NAKAEB chairman, said the initiative mirrors and enshrines the close historical, political, cultural, commercial, industrial and other ties that both regions have enjoyed for many years.
“This agreement has created several committees that will be used to prioritize and focus on key social-economic needs of people from both counties,” said Lenku.
He said the cooperation has also created the NAKAEB assembly forum and NAKAEB economic council which will be chaired by the chairman of the economic block.
Also present during the brief ceremony held at Delta House, Nairobi, were county secretaries, Elizabeth Lolchoki (Narok), Francis Sakuda (Kajiado) and several county executive members.
The agreement, among other things, has created several structural committees that will be used to prioritise and focus on key social-economic needs.
They are; (i)The summit, which comprises of governors from both counties. (ii) The council: This is the policy organ of the bloc. It will comprise of the two-county secretaries, finance CECs and the CEO of the Block.
The other is the pillar committees that will be a CEC members’ caucus from both counties of departments that are critical to the counties.
The NAKAEB county assemblies’ forum will comprise speakers, majority leaders, majority whips from both counties and representatives of women and disabled persons from the respective assemblies.
The other is the NAKAEB economic council to be chaired by the chair of the bloc and will comprise representatives of the above organs as well as representatives of the private sector, academia, CEO of a regional bank in the economic bloc and an economic expert.
These efforts are meant to reap economic benefits that accrue from the potential as a region, said Lenku.