Kajiado County has earned another right after the National Government and other stakeholders selected it to host the 2019 ASAL Conference.
The Conference brings together County leaderships from 29 Counties that have been classified as either Arid or Semi-Arid; Ministry of Devolution and ASALS; Experts from top diplomatic circles and international NGOs among other development partners.
The announcement was made during this year’s Conference which is taking place in Malindi, Kilifi County.
The Conference was opened yesterday by Deputy President William Ruto. In attendance were Devolution and ASALS Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa while US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec led other envoys among them those from the European Union.
Today, Governor Joseph Ole Lenku welcomed the hosting rights and declared that the conference will be held in the Amboseli Plains.”We feel honored for the recognition to hold this big event. It is a critical endorsement to our County’s strategic place as the Home of Culture and as a pastoral paradise in Kenya, ” said Governor Lenku.The Governor also said the County will host the event at Amboseli in Kajiado South to enable the guests experience the full beauty of the spectacular Maasai Plains*
The conference seeks to explore unexploited opportunities and areas of strategic partnership to achieve economic empowerment in the ASALS especially among pastoralist communities.
Among the areas of interest are minerals; mechanized irrigation for food security; meat industry value addition; magical tourist destinations and culture.