The newly appointed Principal Secretary for East African Community (EAC) and Northern Corridor Development, has promised to spearhead joint efforts with all stakeholders for actualization of the EAC integration goals.
Dr Susan Koech, who took over from Ms Betty Maina, said that her focus would include wide consultations with all stakeholders to ensure Kenyans and other East Africans reap the fruits of regional integration.
Speaking at the Ministry’s Boardroom when she officially took over office, Dr Koech praised Ms Maina and the Ministry’s technical team for the numerous achievements so far realized by the Ministry.
She promised to adopt an open-door policy and consult widely with the Ministry’s and other technical experts for even further realization of the integration goals.
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“The task ahead is enormous, but with the rich technical expertise with which the Ministry is endowed, I am sure we will make big steps in our efforts to widen and deepen the EAC integration,” she told the Senior Ministry officials present at the hand-over ceremony.
On her part, Ms Maina assured her successor that the depth of public service experience she was inheriting within the staff would make her work successful and enjoyable.
She talked of the Ministry’s expanded mandate, which now includes the Northern Corridor and the expected inclusion of the Kenya South Sudan Liaison Office (KESSULO) and which will now call for doubled efforts, strategies and approaches.
Ms Maina, who has moved to the State Department for Industrialization, further expressed confidence that her successor’s experience from the banking sector will go a long way in guiding her stewardship of the Ministry, whose mandate includes regional trade and development.