The North Rift Economic Bloc and the United Kingdom are partnering to expand and spur the success of the regional trade outfit.
Noreb is a regional caucus that brings together eight counties in a pact that seeks to capitalize on natural resources, sports tourism, wildlife, cultural heritage and agriculture.
Speaking during a meeting with British Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, Suzie Kitchens, Governor Mandago stayed upbeat that the partnership will catapult Noreb.
“We are basically discussing on partnering to help expand and strengthen the bloc. Our partners are coming to help us in formulating policies and legal frameworks,” said Mandago.
Mandago added: “The agendas of this partnership are resource mapping, coming up with policies of trade and everything else needed to align ourselves for the success of this bloc,” Mandago said.
Also, Mandago said Noreb has proposals for infrastructural development to help establish peace along Kerio valley. Among them, provision of water for the pastoralist communities as this commodity has been a major subject of contention.
Ms. Kitchens said the United Kingdom is interested in partnering with Noreb as it moves to help the regional bloc present itself to attract investors from Europe.
“Noreb has made huge progress since I personally got to learn of it. Our coming here is basically to help it attract investors from the United Kingdom, ” said Ms Kitchens.
The envoy acknowledged that Governors from Noreb counties have worked with inclusiveness through involving women and disabled in governance.
Governors Alex Tolgos (E/Marakwet), Stanley Kiptis (Baringo) and deputies Daniel Chemno (Uasin Gishu), Dr Yulitia Mitei (Nandi) as well as Chief Executive Officer for Noreb, Dominic Biwott and CECs were at the meeting.
UKAID Governance Team, Department for International Trade and the UKAID Economic Development, AHADI were also represented in the breakfast meeting held at an Eldoret hotel.