In a statement after the meeting, the DP noted that the interactions, ideas, and plans would lead to the creation of a Coast Economic Charter.
The two-day retreat dubbed the Coast Economic Regeneration Forum brought together leaders from six counties in the region.
“The Coast region’s development blueprint will present a fresh start to millions of the residents through its emphasis on the optimal exploitation of tourism, agriculture, maritime and other key economic sectors.
“It is anchored on the bottom-up economic approach, the new plan touching on all the wards in the region will generate more jobs, cut poverty levels and move up the socioeconomic ladder many ordinary people,” he explained.
Ruto was conspicuously absent during the launch of the Lamu port by President Uhuru Kenyatta
The battle for supremacy for the Coastal region appears to be in full swing after the president and DP Ruto held parallel meetings with various factions in March 2021.
President Uhuru Kenyatta hosted Coast governors including Hassan Joho of Mombasa, Salim Mvurya of Kwale, and Amason Kingi of Kilifi in a move aimed at neutralizing Ruto’s influence at the Coast.
On his part, DP Ruto met a section of members of parliament from the coastal region at his Karen residence in what now appears to be a strategic plan to win the Coast.
The DP had on May 20, held a similar meeting with Western leaders at his Karen residence. The people present included political, business and professional leaders from Busia, Bungoma, Vihiga and Kakamega counties.
He reiterated the narrative for a government intervention that will put resources in small businesses will be the focal point of the bottom-up approach of our economic model.
“Our agenda will be creation of wealth, jobs and opportunities as well as supporting enterprises and decriminalising the business environment,” he stated.