County blocs a good idea

A most interesting development is the talk about forging closer economic cooperation between counties.

This is a strong signal that the devolved units have realised that they cannot thrive in isolation.

The formation of economic blocs provides an opportunity to pool resources to tackle common problems such as infrastructure.

It is also a means to develop viable units that can benefit from the exploitation of regional resources.

The latest to jump onto the bandwagon are the North Rift counties.

The governors of Uasin Gishu, Trans Nzoia, Nandi, Elgeyo-Markwet, West Pokot, Baringo, and Turkana are keen to see improved trade in the region.

The counties around Lake Victoria have a vast natural resource and the industry that cuts across for them is fishing.

Also promising is an economic block for coastal counties and the Mt Kenya resource base is beckoning for the counties in central Kenya.

It is time, therefore, the leaders began to walk the talk. They have good ideas, but these must translate into tangible programmes.

From these, one can see the possibility of strong regional institutions such as banks emerging that will be anchored on solid foundations.

SOURCE: DAILY NATION