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Govt establishes urban board

NAIROBI June 20- President Mwai Kibaki has established a National Urban and Metropolitan Areas Development Board (NUMADEB) to oversee development of urban areas in the country.

NUMADEB was gazetted Friday and has been mandated to develop a framework for the implementation of development strategies for urban areas.

The board is also expected to ensure provision of quality life in urban areas in a bid to woo investors.

NUMADEB will cover areas guided by the minister for Local Government in conjunction with the Director of Physical Planning.

It will comprise a chairman, appointed by the President and Six permanent Secretaries from the ministries of:  Provincial Administration and Internal Security; Finance, Local Government, Lands, Roads and Public Works; and Transport.

Others will be the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Government authorities of Kenya (ALGAK); and four eminent persons who are not public servants.

"There shall be a Chief Executive Officer of the board, who shall be appointed by the president by virtue of competence and integrity and experience in matters relating to physical planning and urban development," the notice read.

The board members including the chairman will be expected to hold office for a period of three years but will be eligible for appointment for a further one term.

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NUMADEB will advise the government on matters regarding urban and metropolitan areas.

Its functions will include: implementation of national, spatial growth and development strategies; promotion of Nairobi as a regional and global services centre for financial, information and communication technology, health, education, business and tourism.

Also listed include advising the government on measures that would ensure physical plans and  development cater for sustainable utilization of natural resources and foster environmental conservation.

NUMADEB will be funded from the exchequer and will be allowed to receive funds from any other source, subject to applicable government financial regulations for the execution of its mandate.

It will also in its management have a secretariat to the board which shall comprise the Chief Executive Officer at its helm and who will act as Secretary to the board.

"The secretariat shall have a function of supporting the board in the effective and efficient delivery of its mandate," the notice stated.

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