Dec, 2018

Dev Con 2019 to take a sector approach

“Devolution Conference 2019 will not be business as usual, this will not be a talk shop but a meeting with tangibles on what each County Government is doing towards the fourteen devolved functions and especially in the Big Four Sectors.” Anne Waiguru
The Steering Committee of the Devolution Conference on Monday 10th December 2018 held a Development partners and private sector meeting to discuss partnership opportunities during the 6th Annual Devolution Conference that will be held in March 2018 in Kirinyaga County.
In her welcome remarks, the Vice Chair of the Council of Governors, Ms. Anne Waiguru who is equally the Chairperson for the Devolution Conference Steering Committee said, “In the spirit of consultation and collaboration, the Council of Governors together with the Senate, the Ministry of Devolution and ASALs, the County Assemblies forum and other stakeholders have come together again this year to plan for the 6th Annual Devolution Conference whose theme will be: Deliver, Transform, Measure. Remaining Accountable.” She continued, “DevCon 2019 will not be business as usual, this will not be a talk shop but a meeting with tangibles of what each county is doing with Inter County Agreement on trade. All Governors are expected to attend the Conference and speak on what they are doing in the four key sectors.” She added that, as a precursor to the event, there will also be a Children’s Conference, where children representatives from Primary, Secondary, ECDE and Special needs from all the counties will give voice to their expectations on the Big Four Agenda.
The conference’s discussions will revolve around the Big Four Agenda and this will give perspective to development partners the private sector who are keen on how they could work with County Governments on various projects and the interventions from Counties in the Health, Trade, Affordable Housing and Agriculture. It is also envisaged that the Conference will have discussions on policy matters that could strengthen the execution of the Big Four and devolution as a whole. She called upon the Private sector and Development Partners to select areas of interest and commit to support the Conference.
His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta, will be the Chief Guest and will officially open the Conference. As a key tradition, after every conference, a joint communique on action points and resolutions is developed and read to the delegates. Currently, the progress of implementation of this year’s conference resolutions is being tracked and the status of each action point will be communicated in the upcoming Conference.
This is the first time that the conference will be held in a ‘Rural County’ with Kirinyaga envisioned to be the most central of the Counties within the region. Thus, to top it up, there will be a water rafting event and a “Triple Power” Rice Race before the opening ceremony. More information on how to be part of this will be shared in due time.

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