PS State Department of ASALs & Regional Development Idris Dokota inaugurated the new Board of Directors of the Coast Development Authority headed by Chairman Mzee Mwinyi Mzee at its headquarters, Mombasa.

Speaking in Mombasa, the PS urged the new board to work together to transform the region and assured them of Government support to improve the economic welfare of communities in the Coast region.

The PS said the ministry will offer support to ensure the board actualize its mandate as it steers development programmes to reverse the negative effects of Covid -19 and Ukraine Crisis that caused a decline of many economic activities for Kenyans.

The PS urged Regional Development Authorities ( RDAs)  to reduce reliance of the exchequer to support development projects and seek public private partnerships to implement impactive projects in their areas of jurisdictions. “RDAs to progressively implement many projects through public private partnerships”, he said.

He emphasized that RDAs are committed towards realization of the Government Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA) set to improve the livelihoods and welfare of Kenyans. In line with this, the Government will implement policies and structural reforms and promote investment in five pillars that are expected to have the highest impact at the bottom of the economy.

These are: Agricultural Transformation and Inclusive Growth; transforming the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) Economy; Housing and Settlement; Healthcare; and Digital Superhighway and Creative Economy.

He noted that the Board will be chaired by Mzee Mwinyi Mzee and Toash George Amuma, Bibi Salim Masha, Dorcas Mwamba Gibran, Ricky W. Kambi, Ikhwan Omar Bwanaadi, Benson Muema Kilonzo, Robert Mue Kisyula are members.