Development Partners collaborating to strengthen Kenya/Ethiopia cross-border integrated programme on peace and development

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Participants keenly following the presentation of the ambassador of Ethiopia H.E. Dina Mufti during the meeting on Kenya/Ethiopia Cross-border Peace and Development Programme.

The Cross-border Integrated Program for Sustainable Peace and Socioeconomic Transformation has received a major boost following a meeting of the UN, the Government of Kenya and the Government of Ethiopia and up to thirty representatives of development partners Wednesday, 4 May, 2016.
The meeting, co-chaired by the Executive Secretary of IGAD, H.E. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, the Ambassador of Ethiopia to Kenya H.E. Ambassador Dina Mufti, the Senior Advisor to the Presidency Ms. Ruth Kagia, the Marsabit County Governor H.E. Ambassador Ukur Yattani and the UN Resident Coordinator, a.i., Mr. Siddharth Chatterjee, focused on the ways to leverage potential and joint investment opportunities as a way forward for effective implementation ofthe programme.
Since it was launched on 7 December, 2015 by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn, the United Nations Country Team, the Government of Kenya and the County Government of Marsabit have been actively involved in securing support, collaborations and partnerships for the program.The meeting was therefore critical as representatives of both traditional and non-traditional potential funders and investors discussed practical ways through which the program’s objectives can be achieved.
Many participants decried the fragmented approach to development that has been adopted by development organisations and investors in the past.“We believe it would be more effective if players leveraged each other’s strengths and competitive advantage. That way, the region will develop much faster and at a lower cost,” said Marsabit County Governor, H.E. Ukur Yattani presenting on the opportunities and challenges in the county.