The North Rift Economic Bloc (NOREB) is slowly gaining momentum towards realizing its operations that will see the member counties spur untapped opportunities that lie with them.
In putting this into motion, the legal frameworks that are needed to see the bloc take off were on Thursday revisited by the legal teams drawn from the Eight member counties.
The team led by the blocs acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Dominic Biwott and the respective county attorneys are having a two day rendezvous in Kabarnet, Baringo county to scrutinize and amend or rather review and update the cooperation agreement signed by the region’s governors in October 27th, 2015 to align the region’s formalization of documents.
Uasin Gishu governor H.E Jackson Mandago EGH who chairs the bloc has been passionate about it’s the capability of exploring its potentials as a unit.
According to the blocs CEO, the amendment of the constitutive element will give room for further engagements which will aid the bloc in positioning itself better.
“The bloc is currently working round the clock to establish legal instruments that will cement NOREB in law,” said Biwott.
“NOREB could have moved on if policies and frameworks were fast-tracked years back. But I’m glad to report that upon updating the agreement, it will take off” reiterated Biwott.
The legal minds from the counties are tasked with ensuring that the three formalization documents, the Cooperation Agreement, the NOREB Policy and the NOREB Bill are comprehensive and well aligned ahead of sensitization forums for county assemblies and stakeholders.
Uasin Gishu’s County Attorney Stephen Lel chairs the sessions that will rubber stamp amendments which will guide the bloc moving forward.