The Government of Canada will finance Busia Women Cross Border Traders to empower them economically.
The Country’s ambassador to Kenya Lisa Stadelbauer has said.
The Women in Trade programme through Trade Mark East Africa seek to increase women incomes and improve their livelihoods.
Speaking when she met the women traders at Busia Immigration Boardroom on Wednesday, the envoy said they want to create market linkages for women through East African borders and to reduce poverty and create self-employment.
Flanked by Busia Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi, Ms. Lisa said Canada has adopted international assistance policy that seeks to reduce extreme poverty.
Canada has set aside USD12million towards the programme in the next two years.
Apart from financing Busia women traders in the county, the Ambassador said the Canadian Government has also financed the Integrated Border Management (Software) Components of the OSBP.
Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) Programme Manager Daniel Muturi said they have received Sh600million (Sh300m each) from the British Government towards the conversion of the road into a dual carriage way within Busia Town and additional Works at Malaba OSBP.
Muturi said apart from the dual carriage, some funds will be channeled towards improving infrastructure at the OSBP, adding that TMEA will engage the County and National Governments on the construction of Trailer Parks at Busia and Malaba Border Towns.
Deputy Governor Moses Mulomi thanked the envoy and TMEA for improving infrastructure at Malaba and Busia border points which he said has resulted in seamless flow of goods and services.
He said the dual carriage into Busia is crucial; while the planned Jumuiya Market at the Busia border will enhance trade between Kenya and other East African Community Member States.
“Kenya Urban Roads Authority has already tendered for the tarmacking of Busia Public Works-Alupe Road with plans to tarmac the Mundika-Customs road to be used as bypass for trailers,” he said.