LVBC PMET meeting in a workshop developing Strategic Plan 2021-2026 Nairobi, Kenya, 1st February 2021
Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC) has started the process of developing the organizational Strategic Plan 2021-2026.
Opening the workshop on 1st February 2021, at Safari Club Hotel, Nairobi, Kenya, LVBC Executive Secretary, Dr. Ally-Said Matano stressed the importance of the strategy formulation, implementation and review. He summarized his statement in three guiding questions: where were we five years ago, where are we today and where do we want to go as an EAC institution.
The team developing strategy was also advised to consider present global, regional and national development challenges, opportunities, emerging threats and develop a strategy that is implementable, practical and with attainable objectives. “Begin with an end in mind,” LVBC Executive Secretary advised. He pledged organizational resources–goodwill, advisories and others through inception to completion.
The technical team spearheaded by the LVBC Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Office is expected to conduct a review of the outgoing strategic plan 2016-2021, anchoring the Strategic Plan 2021-2026 on the achievements, strategic and operational challenges encountered and lessons learned.
LVBC Strategic Plan is traditionally adopted by LVBC’s decision-making organ—the Sectoral Council of Ministers for Lake Victoria (SECOM) and acts as a both a strategic and operational tool for mobilizing resources, guiding organizational management and performances among others.
The Strategy development team acknowledged the importance of aligning the new LVBC Strategic Plan with 5th EAC Development Strategy (2017-2021), LVC Protocol for Sustainable Development (2003), LVBC Act (2020) and other policy-related instruments. LVBC significantly contributed to EAC’s people-centered aspiration espoused in the 5th EAC Development Strategy (2017-2021) through citizen-led programmes and projects implemented in the 5 EAC Partner States.
The drafters of the new strategy took note of the recent achievements such as adoption of the LVBC Bill in 2020, commencing the construction of LVBC Headquarters and keeping institution functional amidst constraining socio-economic threats occasioned by global pandemic (Covid-19) and climate change-related challenges.