Through the agreement, each county shall produce trainees from their respective areas of interest to be trained in Israel.
The Israel Ambassador to Kenya, Noah Gendler said the partnership was a commitment of his government to enhance the capacity of Kenya in different sectors.
Gendler said for over 50 years, Israel has helped enhance the capacity of Kenya across all sectors of development lauding the move by the counties to work jointly.
The training on agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture, industrialization, women empowerment, business, dairy farming, livestock production, gender and youth aims to enhance the capacity of the fourteen counties bordering Lake Victoria which came together to jointly initiate development projects.
The ambassador spoke in Kisumu during a round table meeting with governors, Wycliffe Oparanya, Prof. Anyang Nyong’o, Wilbur Otichilo, and Deputy Governors, Dr. Yunita Cheruiyot,( Nandi) Susan Kikwai (Kericho) and Dr. Mathew Owili (Kisumu) among other representatives.
Israeli investors, he disclosed, were keen on moving into the region urging the county governments to make the environment conducive to attract them.
He pointed out aquaculture as a key area to attract investors disclosing that two firms from Israel will tour the Lake later this month to explore the viability of setting up an industry.
The Kakamega Governor, Wycliffe Oparanya who is also the LREB Chairman thanked the Israeli government for the offer adding that a comprehensive list of trainees in different sectors from the fourteen counties shall be presented to the ambassador soon for consideration.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity because all we are going to provide is transport for the trainees but Israel shall take care of accommodation and training,” he said.
The LREB which was formally inaugurated in March this year brings together Kisumu, Kakamega, Vihiga, Busia, Bungoma, Siaya, Migori, Homa Bay, Migori, Nandi, Nyamira, Kisii, Bomet and Kericho counties.
The region has a population of 15 million people with agriculture as the main economic activity.
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