Mar, 2021

PREPARATIONS FOR THE 7TH ANNUAL DEVOLUTION CONFERENCE KICKSTART

The Council of Governors and other partners has begun planning of the 7th and Final Annual Devolution Conference to be held on 3rd – 6th May 2021 in Makueni County. This comes after a postponement of the conference that was to be held in Makueni County in 2020 due to the COVID 19 Pandemic and the health protocols put in place to break the spread of the virus.
Rich conversations on matters policy, legislation and service delivery, insightful panel discussions featuring top government leadership, industry leaders, public, and academia are expected to take centre stage as has been the culture to the conference. The theme of the conference is 'Multi – level governance for climate action Sub-theme: Sub-National mobilization in unlocking the full potential of climate action in the Post Covid-19 ERA.''
During the Development Partners and Private Sector round table meetings held on the 23rd February, 2021, the Steering Committee led by H.E James Ongwae, the Vice Chair, Council of Governors, the partners were informed that this will be the final annual Conference. Subsequently, Devolution Conferences will be held biennially. Speaking during the meeting, H.E Ongwae said, “In light of this year's theme, I would like to urge all partners present to partner with us, as we discuss pertinent issues on the impact of climate change in our communities, the mitigation measures and provide a platform for government and private sector to commit on climate action strategies to be undertaken for the next year.” The meeting, was also graced by the Senate, CAF and the host County Governor, H.E Prof. Kivutha Kibwana among other dignitaries.
The Devolution Conference has grown over the years to position itself as the most significant event in the Devolution Calendar.
Inspired by the need to reflect on the past achievements, discuss challenges and re-strategize with all stakeholders, the Council of Governors spearheaded the first ever devolution conference back in April 2014. Since then, the Council of Governors, in conjunction with public and private sector partners, has successfully hosted 6 devolution conferences and is gearing up towards hosting the 7th and final Annual Devolution Conference. The Conference will also have several break away sessions to allow deeper and detailed discussions on topical issues revolving around climate action in different sectors and post COVID-19 Social Economic Recovery Strategies that will help counties and the people bounce back from the effects of COVID-19.
This year's devolution conference is critical in ensuring that subnational Governments both local, regional and across the globe have a platform to discuss and deliberate on their role and how they can unlock opportunities to turn around the climate change effects in the communities.
As we continue to celebrate the strides that devolution has made, there is no doubt that devolution has greatly transformed governance in the country and is perhaps one of the greatest pillars of the new political dispensation.
Visit the dedicated conference website: www.devolutionconference.cog.go.ke

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