Central Region Economic Bloc (CEREB) Governors have agreed to co-operate on ways that can improve agriculture in the region. Among the issues agreed on are value chain improvement on milk and agricultural produce from the bloc, coffee reforms sector report and its implementation, and fast-tracking the establishment of a regional development authority as a special vehicle for regional development programmes.
CEREB is the regional economic bloc bringing together ten counties drawn from the larger Mount Kenya region: Embu, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Laikipia, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Meru, Murang’a and Tharaka Nithi.
Under the Chairmanship of Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia, the regional heads have agreed on the way forward around several issues affecting the bloc, and whose resolutions will be implemented jointly and individually through the regional economic body.
“It is critical that we speed up the regional development roadmap which will foreground regional issues in the national platform and compete for budgetary allocations like happens with other regions of the country. And we are glad that President Uhuru Kenyatta has agreed to our proposal,” says Governor Kimemia .
The Governors have tasked Meru Governor His Excellency Kiraitu Murungi, also the bloc’s Vice Chair, to develop a framework for establishment of the investment body.
In attendance were Governors Mutahi Kahiga (Nyeri), Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nithi), Martin Wambora (Embu), and Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri. Others were County Executive Committee Members for Finance from the ten counties that make up the bloc.