Nairobi March 14, 2017
Millions of East Africa Community residents around Lake Victoria stand to improve their livelihoods through projects touching on health, Environment and other Economic activities if they receive fresh funding from development partners.
A high level meeting of Principal and Permanent Secretaries from the five member countries alongside technical staff endorsed as successful most of the current projects being implemented by the Lake Victoria basin and expressed hope that new projects will be funded by development partners, among them the world Bank.
The high level meeting held at Entebbe, Uganda , under the umbrella of the Joint Regional Steering Committee of Lake Victoria Basin Commission confirmed that multiple projects being implemented in the East Africa Community under the Lake Victoria Environment Management Program (LVEMP 11) had gradually empowered the local population to become prosperous.
The World Bank funded LVEMP 11 in Kenya,Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burudi which is implementing Environment, Water Supply and Sanitation, Population, Health , Research, Pipeline programs among other Economic activities comes to an end in December 2017.
The Kenya delegation to the steering committee review meeting comprised three principal Secretaries whose team leader was Mr. Charles Sunkuli of Environment. Others were Dr. Margaret Mwakima of Natural Resources and Nancy Karigithu of Maritime affairs.
Permanent Secretaries Eng. Emmanuel Kalombela of Water and Irrigation in Tanzania, Simon Sindayihebura of water, Environment, Land and Urban Planning of Burundi, Fatina Mukarubibi of Natural Resources Rwanda and Alfred Okot Okidi of Water and Environment in Uganda joined their Kenyan counterpart in adopting and signing the projects evaluation reports under the custody of Lake Victoria Basin Commission. The reports were reviewed by respective technical officers from all the five member states.
The Commission Executive Secretary Dr. Ally Said Matano expressed confidence that funding for new projects will be successful following tangible results in the ending of LVEMP 11 and called for support from partner states to overcome challenges faced in some projects such as the Water Supply and Sanitation and the Multinational Lake Victoria Communication and Transport among others. “Support through commitment and endorsements will help in upscaling the projects “Dr. Matano told the delegates.
All the projects are aimed to transform Lake Victoria basin into a middle income region and allow residents to access basic human rights.
The 6th meeting of the Regional Policy Steering Committee was chaired by Mrs Amina Shabani the Deputy Secretary for Finance and Planning in the United Republic of Tanzania.