By Andrew Kuria
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director of East Africa Community Affairs Division Amb. Ruth Solitei has hailed the Commission’s rescue efforts at the Lake Victoria.
Speaking when she received Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), Executive Secretary Dr. Ally-Said Matano who paid her a courtesy call on Tuesday 28, September 2016, Amb. Solitei said the Government of Kenya will assist the Commission in every way to achieve its full potential.
Dr. Matano updated her on the Commissions’ activities with a view of seeking support in Diplomatic issues and strengthening working relations between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Commission.
The East African Community established the Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) in 2001 as a mechanism for coordinating the various interventions on the lake and its basin and serve as a centre for promotion of investments and information sharing among the various stakeholders. The LVBC is headquartered in Kisumu and is the only EAC organization based in Kenya.
Dr. Matano highlighted how Kenya lobbied for the LVBC’s Headquarter Agreement and underscored the need for assistance in resource mobilization to construct offices on the 2.8 hectare land the Government of Kenya donated. He sought the Ministry’s support in LVBC’s publicity with diplomatic missions based in Kenya and the Kenyan public.
Dr. Matano was accompanied by Principal Administrative Officer Milcent A. Opiyo during the courtesy call.