Garissa is hosting a special regional summit on Friday (1 March) to discuss issues affecting Kenya’s pastoralist counties, governor Ali Bunow Korane has said.
The Pastoralists Leadership Summit 2019 will among other issues focus on security, peace and cohesion, the livestock sector and the country’s planned national census.
“The discussions will be on cohesion and how to counter the radicalisation of youth in this region,” said Korane.
“We intend to have focused deliberations on issues that are common to us and develop synergistic solutions and strategies.”
Leaders from Garissa, Isiolo, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, Tana River, Turkana, West Pokot, Baringo and Wajir will attend the conference whose theme is “Fostering Peace, Security and Socio-economic Development of the Pastoralist Counties”.
The counties have formed an economic bloc called the Frontier Counties Development Council (FCDC).
In 2018, the Kenyan government, with the support of the World Bank, launched a billion-dollar fund aimed at increasing investments in infrastructure in the country’s pastoralist regions.
The North and Northeastern Development Initiative (NEDI) is spearheaded by both Kenya’s central government and county administrations in those regions.
According to the World Bank, NEDI’s success will largely depend on strong collaboration between the various stakeholders, including the government and development partners.
Photo: Courtesy/Garissa County Government