The Speaker of the Senate, Rt Hon Kenneth Lusaka, Monday sought support from UNCTAD’s Secretary-General, HE Dr Mukhisa Kituyi for counties’ trade and manufacturing efforts in a bid to create employment and grow Kenya’s economy.
Speaking while calling on HE Dr Kituyi at the UNCTAD Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on the sidelines of the 138th Inter-parliamentary Assembly, Sen Lusaka said that policy development for counties would go a long way in contributing to the government’s Big Four Agenda.
“Support in terms of policy development or otherwise would steer counties in the right direction especially now that counties are forming economic blocs for trade and investment,” observed the Speaker.
“As a Senate we are committed to protecting and promoting the interests of counties as per our mandate provided in Article 96 of the Kenyan Constitution,” said Speaker Lusaka.
In a swift rejoinder, HE Dr Kituyi informed the meeting that UNCTAD had already extended some support to counties in Kenya, and that that there was room for greater cooperation.
“We have already done some work with counties such as Kisii back home in investment policy. We can explore the possibility of extending such support to other counties,” noted HE Dr Kituyi.
“I have a team working on an interesting model for fish farming in excluded zones within the lakes. We can do that from Busia to South Nyanza.”
The meeting also discussed their institutions respective mandates in addition to other areas of cooperation between UNCTAD and Kenya – current and potential.
Speaker Lusaka also used the opportunity to congratulate HE Dr Kituyi on his confirmation by the General Assembly to continue steering UNCTAD for a further four years beginning September 2017.
“Kenya is happy and proud of your contribution to the global trade and development stage. Under your stewardship UNCTAD has recorded greater visibility in its policy discussions. On behalf of the Senate, Parliament as a whole and indeed on my own behalf, I wish to extend hearty congratulations on your recent confirmation,” said Sen Lusaka.
The Senate Speaker was accompanied by Sen Enoch Wambua (Kitui), Hon Nasri Ibrahim (Nominated), Hon Owen Baya (Kilifi North), Hon Vincent Tuwei (Mosop), Hon William Kamket (Tiaty) and the Clerk of the Senate/Secretary to the PSC, Jeremiah Nyegenye.