PUBLISHED ON July 24th, 2014


KAKAMEGA Governor Wycliffe Oparanya has said the East African Community common market will make it possible for farmers in the former Western province to sell their products in the region and South Sudan.

Oparanya said free movement of people and labour across the region as enshrined in the common market protocol will create employment and investment opportunities for the four counties in the region.

“I am happy to say that the ministry has made efforts to conduct a joint border sensitization meetings with the republic of Uganda at Busia and Malaba border posts to create awareness about EAC integration among border communities,” he said.

Oparanya said counties in the western region have a high potential for agricultural production but there is lack of market for their goods.

He said leaders will be key in driving the integration process forward by educating residents at the grassroots on the benefits of the process.

Oparanya was speaking during a one day workshop on the EAC integration by the Ministry of East African Affairs, Commerce and Tourism at Kakamega’s Golf hotel on Monday.

The workshop brought together leaders from Bungoma, Busia, Kakamega and Vihiga counties.

Principal Secretary Mwanamaka Mabruki said EAC integration has recorded tremendous success in trade and infrastructure development that guarantee the region economic prosperity.

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Source: The Star

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