The Lake Basin Innovation and Investment Week entered its second day yesterday, as increased calls for adequate funding towards innovation took center stage.
Geared towards the promotion of innovation to develop the lake basin, the five day conference brought together stakeholders and academicians who deliberated on topical issues crucial to the growth of innovation productivity.
In her address, UK Deputy High Commissioner to Kenya, H.E Susie Kitchens lauded the important role played by innovation in creating economic growth and inclusive employment opportunities.
The British government she said was working closely with the County government to capacity build 16,000 young people in Kisumu.
The County government has already set aside Sh350 million towards the construction of an innovation and incubation centre at Rotary Vocational Training Centre.
Deputy Governor Dr. Mathew Owili lauded the developments as he urged participants to solve challenges through innovation and creativity, sentiments echoed earlier by Kenya Industrial Estate Regional Manager Julius Gathage.
According to Gathage, the government recognized the significant role played by innovation in promoting the Big Four Agenda.
Joining the discussions were iGov CEO Ronald Osumba among other participants.
The conference was convened by Winam Capital in partnership with, the Lake Region Economic Bloc, Ukaid, British High Commission, iGov Africa, GIZ, Siemens Stiftung among other partners.