The county government was today honoured to host the State Department for East Africa Community Principal Secretary (PS), Dr. Kevit Desai, who called on the Deputy Governor’s office this afternoon.
During a brief meeting at the boardroom, the principal secretary said the state department is keen to promote the capacity and skills of women and youth among cross border traders from the county.
60 women and youth have been identified and are set to be trained as focal persons who will champion East Africa Community cross-border trade in their groups.
“We are keen to create trade hubs in Mbita in bid to inspire cross-border trade to set up a foundation for economic prosperity within the East African borders in the fish trade and its value addition,” said Dr. Desai
The Deputy Governor H.E Hamilton Orata affirmed the county’s commitment to carry out additional training programmes to empower women and youth traders with relevant skills to enable them identify opportunities and benefits.
Orata welcomed the timely partnership with the ministry assuring the permanent secretary of infrastructural support to harmonize trade relations and ensure traders have greater access to opportunities across borders.