Governor Stanley Kiptis on Wednesday 29th November jetted out of the country on a 10 day visit to Germany in a bid to broaden and deepen the development cooperation that has existed for many years between the European nation and Baringo.
The delegation has since arrival held discussions with among other persons, investors, urban planners, vocational trainers, academicians, German government officials, professionals and philanthropists. Key in their agenda is bringing investors whose investments in Baringo will facilitate technological transfers.
In a social media post through his official Facebook Page, the governor said “Building a better Baringo will be accomplished faster when we work with partners. For this reason, I made a decision to lead a delegation to Augsberg city in Germany to seek partnerships in the fields of education, health, disaster management, vocational training among other areas.”
In a visit to Innung Bavarian College on Friday 1st December, Kiptis noted that German vocational training institutions are the engines behind 0% unemployment rate in the country and as such his administration will work closely with them in borrowing heavily from their mid-level training models.
The Governor also met with representatives from various vocational training colleges with discussions mainly exploring ways that the Germans can help in the development of Baringo vocational training colleges and the modalities of commencing an exchange programme of both trainers and students from the county.
In the area of urban planning, the governor led members of Baringo delegation in visiting Herzlinch Wilkommen, a solid waste disposal plant in Augsburg city, Germany which has been very successful in ensuring that the city of Augsburg is waste free. In its recycling processes, it produces enough power to light up 30,000 households.
“We are keen on a technology transfer kind of partnership that will enable us learn and bypass their baby steps by adopting long term, global best practices for our growing towns on issues waste management.” Said Kiptis.
In a courtesy to the Mayor of Gestoffen Mr Michael Worle and his councillors, the governor said technical cooperation between Baringo county Assembly and Gestoffen will be useful in the areas of capacity building in resource allocation and management. Gestoffen assembly makes laws and controls revenue generated from Bavaria region.
The engagements which have been coordinated by Simmone Itgen of German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) will see Baringo County benefit from technical and material support. Previously, long standing German friendship has seen the county receive ambulances, firefighting machines and training of staff on effective disaster management.