British High Commission through Sustainable Urban Economic Development (SUED) has kickstarted its Lamu Economic plan program in Lamu Municipality.
In an event that was held at Lamu Fort today and graced by the Deputy Governor HE Abdul Hakim, SUED will now undertake to develop a sustainable urban economic plan in Lamu that will attract investment for critical infrastructure and value chain projects at the Municipality.
This milestone comes after the team visited Lamu early this month for a two day post assessment verification for UEP introduction.
Deputy Governor who was representing HE Governor Fahim Twaha thanked the SUED team for their support in strengthening Lamu Municipality for a better urbanization plan.
“Lamu Municipality is honored to have a partnership with SUED that will promote economic growth and support urban developments and create a sustainable and inclusive way through integrated projects” said the Deputy Governor.
Senior Responsible Owner, British High Commission Ms. Eunice Ogollo said the programme will have a strong focus on financial sustainability recognizing that Lamu town will need to have the capacity and revenue generation to continue making improvements and managing its increased activity level.
Lamu County Municipal Chairman who was also in attendance Mr. Omar Famau, thanked SUED for their partnership saying upon execution of the report the municipality will have a better and improved urban economic planning as well as improved capacity building.
Sustainable Urban Economic Development programme is a £7 million, five year programme that’s supported by the UK government through the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) .
Lamu Municipality is among 10 out of 53 municipalities that were successfully selected by SUED to be assisted in developing a sustainable urban economic plan and attract investment for critical infrastructure projects.
After the launch, Urban Economic Development will now embark to consult with stake holders, departments and institutions so as to create a Lamu Municipality blue print report that we launched soon.
The function was also attended by County CECM Tourism Hon. Josphat Musembi, CECM Lands Hon. Ahmed Hemed, Chief officers among other stakeholders.
The SUED team was led by Ms. Eunice Ogolo- Senior Responsible Owner British High Commision, Mr. Duncan Onyango- SUED Team leader and Mr. Simon Elliot- Team Leader, Urban Economic Planning.