Tuesday, 09 January 2018 13:01

U.S. AMBASSADOR ROBERT F. GODEC HOLDS TALKS WITH COG LEADERSHIP

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The Council of Governors leadership held a meeting with the United States of America Ambassador to Kenya Amb. Robert F. Godec to review the collaboration between the US Government. The meeting also sort to discuss the way forward for this second phase of Devolution implementation in Kenya. The Council of Governors and the United States have been great partners in the implementation of devolution in Kenya especially through the US – AHADI programme. “Thank you for the support you have accorded us in implementation of devolution in Kenya and also the Council through secondment of staff and technical support provide over the years.” Said Chairman Nanok to the US Embassy delegation led by Amb. Godec.
The Chairman further indicated that capacity building of the Council of Governors secretariat is a key priority during this second phase of the Devolution implementation process. The Council secretariat provides a lot of technical support to the counties therefore a stronger secretariat would translate to stronger counties and devolution as a whole. H.E Nanok further stated that the Council seeks to collaborate more with National Government to ensure better intergovernmental relations between the two levels of government.
Ambassador Godec emphasized that the US Government believes that Devolution is the best and most important thing to happen in Kenya a very long time. “We are happy to continue supporting the devolution implementation process” he said. The US government has invested over 100 million dollars in Kenya through various programs and encouraged Counties to look further than the US Government and engage and foster partnerships with US based investors and institutions and counties for more development opportunities.
In the second phase of Devolution, the Council of Governors plans to use the seven economic blocs established as centres for economic and investment opportunities. It is the hope of County Governments that this approach will ensure they gain more value and allow for the Government and Private sector to come together to develop the counties.

H.E. Prof Paul Chepkowny, Chair of the Education, Youth, Gender, Sports, Culture and Social Services committee pointed out that that Gender and Youth are two areas that the Counties are focusing on. “We need to give it a more serious approach and strategy because the youth are not getting the attention they require. We are losing them to radicalisation, drugs and alcohol”. Supported H.E. Francis Kimemia. The meeting agreed that there is a need to incorporate programs through the Vocational training Institutes where the youth can gain skills that will allow them achieve economic empowerment.
Monitoring and evaluation is important to projects and investments. H.E Kuti emphasised that it is important to develop systems to track results. “We need to look into developing tangible delivery systems that allow us to track results.” The point was reiterated by H.E. Laboso saying it is important that going forward, there is need to focus on where we money is put, and that the impact of service delivery needs to be monitored closely and evaluated.

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