Machakos MCAs approved the SEKEB report that seeks to bring together the three counties of Machakos, Makueni, and Kitui.
The report is a product of a joint County Assemblies Committee on consideration of the constitutive agreement on South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB).
The Joint County Assemblies Committee consisting of Committees drawn from Kitui, Machakos, and Makueni County Assemblies was established on 15th November, 2019 to consider the constitutive agreement and formulation of legislation for operationalization of the agreement.
To learn about the structure of administration, the legal framework, and the procedure for funding the Economic Blocs, The Joint Committee conducted learning visits with the Lake Region Economic BLOC (LREB), Jumuiya ya Kaunti za Pwani (JKP), and the State Department of Devolution.
This comes after Makueni governor noted that the SEKEB is courting partnerships from the USAID to boost economic growth.
SEKEB Courts USAID for Development Partnerships
The South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB) is seeking to partner with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to leverage on its resources for the region’s development.
SEKEB top leadership under the chairmanship of ABC Archbishop Timothy Ndambuki and top leadership from the three counties on Thursday held a consultative meeting with the agency’s Country and East Africa Mission director Mark Meassick to deliberate on possible partnerships.
The meeting, also attended by other top ranking USAID officials, was held at Bomani ABC Church grounds in Machakos.
According to Meassick, USAID invests over $450Million in Kenya annually, and is ready to partner with SEKEB as a co-creator targeting wealth creation especially in Agriculture, water development, health and climate change resilience building.
Meassick said USAID is seeking to take advantage of the devolution system of governance to enhance closer relations with County governments geared towards a transformative development agenda.
SEKEB is in the process of establishing a framework that would guide the shared development partnerships among the member counties and as well with development partners.