Review roles and purpose of regional authorities, Cabinet directs

Friday, March 8th, 2024 03:45 | By
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Cabinet meeting. PHOTO/PCS

The Cabinet has directed that the role of regional development authorities be reviewed in light of devolution.

With the constitutional two levels of government, the Cabinet said the review should assess the impact and effectiveness of the six regional authorities.

 They include Tana and Athi Rivers Development Authority, Kerio Valley Development Authority, Lake Basin Development Authority, Ewaso Nyiro North Development Authority, Ewaso Nyiro South Development Authority and Coast Development Authority.

At a meeting at State House in Nairobi yesterday, the Cabinet also approved the Livestock Bill 2023 that provides for a regulatory framework, giving priority to the dairy, leather and meat value chains.

Save for veterinary inspection, the Cabinet noted that the meat industry is largely unregulated, a gap the proposed law will now close.

Livestock value chain provides huge opportunities for farmers and investors because Kenya has one of the largest livestock populations in Africa.

Cabinet also gave a nod to the National Agricultural Mechanisation Policy that seeks to enhance productivity and production. The policy will also improve agricultural efficiency and offer incentives for large-scale commercial farming.

It will also promote public-private partnerships in the delivery of agricultural mechanisation services and promoting training in this critical enabler in farming.

In line with Kenya Kwanza’s commitment to transparent fiscal management, the Cabinet approved a new method of accounting in government. The current Cash Basis of Accounting will be replaced by Accrual Basis of Accounting in three years’ time.

The National Policy on Linking Industry to Education, Training and Research was also approved.

The policy, Cabinet resolved, will address the weak links between the world of work, schooling and training, and between industry and research.

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