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The Council of Governors continues to set the pace among many institutions by taking the initiative to promote devolved functions and especially in agriculture which is a fully devolved function. Through the Agriculture committee, the Council of Governors has developed two proposals for the establishment of agribusiness incubation centres in Counties. Speaking during a stakeholder’s consultative meeting on Youth in Agribusiness the Council of Governors CEO Mrs. Jacqueline Mogeni emphasized on the need for collaboration among partners for the establishment of the Agribusiness Incubators across the Counties.
“We need to be innovative and creative to create employment among youth in a way that is interesting to the youth. This two proposals will address this and the Council of Governors now seeks partnerships for its implementation,” stated the CEO. Kenya and indeed Africa as a whole is dependant on Agriculture to sustain its economy. The future of Africa as well relies on Agriculture and the continent’s youthful population. However, food production continues to decline with a registered 4.4 per cent decelerated growth in 2016 according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Council of Governors proposes to hold Agriculture incubators per County making it to a projected 141 agribusiness incubators across the 47 Counties. The expected ripple effect of these incubation centre is massive with an estimated agriculture based businesses foreseen to be at least 5 every year. During the first innovation and learning forum convened in June 2017; counties showcased innovations showcased innovations and best practices that are transforming services in Agriculture and livestock and Youth Development. It equally looked at how technology is used in agriculture to improve livelihoods and service delivery. One key recommendation from the forum was the need to establish agribusiness incubation hubs for the purpose of promoting skilling, mentorship and employment of youth and women through developing agriculture value chains. Partners present during the meeting include: GIZ, ASDSP, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, IFAD, Self Help Africa, EU Delegation to Kenya Agriculture and Job creation Kenya, FAO, JKUAT

Friday, 07 September 2018 14:16


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“Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” Kofi Annan
Learning is a continuous process and the best form of learning is learning from your peers. Therefore the Council of Governors in fulfilling its mandate as provided under section 20 (b) of the Intergovernmental Relations Act - sharing of information on the performance of the counties in the execution of their functions with the objective of learning and promotion of best practice held the inaugural Governors Peer to Peer learning forum.
The forum brought together Excellency Governors to share experiences, lessons learnt, best practices and to explore ways of improving public participation in the Counties. It was conceptualized from the need to continuously improve performance in service delivery which is the promise made through devolution.
Although Counties have been learning from each other, this is the first step towards institutionalizing structured peer-to-peer learning among Counties, with Excellency Governors leading the learning process. The first of its kind, the peer to peer learning forum organized by the Council of Governors in partnership with USAID and UKaid through AHADI, World Bank and NEPAD gave Excellency Governors a chance to listen first hand from the residents of Makueni County the impact of effective public participation on service delivery. The forum also showed the need for Counties to inform the on-going processes of developing public participation policy and legislative frameworks.
Through public participation, the County Government has implemented a number of projects in what can be described as projects for the people and by the people. The popular Makueni fruit processing plant that has gained National and International recognition was as a result of the Makueni County Public participation model. The model gives power to the people to propose projects that are a priority to them and oversee the implementation of the project. In the Makueni model, the local community is the only unit with the powers to authorize the County Government to process payment to the contractor upon completion of the project.
The 800 million project was necessitated by the fruit production in Makueni over the years where farmers incurred losses due to overproduction and lack of market for the produce. Today, Makueni County is sourcing fruits from other Counties to sustain the factory. Makueini residents however, have proposed addition of orange and privee oranges as they have alternating seasons in the County. With that, the processing plant will run throughout the year.
Makueni County is one of the Arid and Semi-Arid Counties in Kenya. Water scarcity and total drought being the order of the day in the area. Despite the very arable soils in the County, crop farming and livestock keeping have been a great challenge to most residents. As part of the peer learning experience, Governors and stakeholders present during the mission had the chance to interact with Kwambila Earth Dam and the Project Management Committee who manage the day-to-day running of the project. The County Government and the people of Makueni came up with the Kwambila Earth Dam to provide water for domestic use and small scale irrigation in phase one of the project. The project benefits 3 wards within Makueni County through irrigation, construction and domestic use of water by the residents.
Universal Health Care has proven to be in the fore front towards improving health service delivery to all Kenyans. This model has been adopted by the National Government through the Big 4 Agenda. Makueni’s ene nthii (citizens) have for had the Universal Health Coverage since 2015. Makueni is regarded as a pioneer in the provision of Universal Health Care (UHC) where each household, through its principal member pays Sh500 per year to access treatment in any county health facility at no additional charge. Implementation began in 2016/17 and is up scaled annually as a result of review in the universal health care policy and concept forum. This is the 2nd year of funding the UHC Program at a cost of 200,406,000.00 per year with 10% annual increase.
The Makueni Care scheme entails the provision of a health benefit package that includes inpatient, outpatient services to 200,000 households. The Ksh. 500 contribution not only caters for health care services but a part of it goes towards investment in infrastructure like Ward health centres, Mother and Child hospital, trauma centre, oxygen plants and theatres across the sub counties.
The Governors peer learning mission was held on 27th August 2018 at Kysuombunguo Hotel, Makueni County. The Partners included USAID and UKaid through AHADI, World Bank and NEPAD

Nairobi, Uasin Gishu and Kisii Counties emerged overall winners with 32, 13 and 10 points respectively at this year’s Kenya Inter County Sports and Cultural Association (KICOSCA) Games which were held from the 12th – 18th August 2018 in Kisii County. In its 6th edition, the games which were officially opened by H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta. This coincided with the launch of the revamped Gusii stadium which was upgraded at a cost of Kshs 10 Million. The President who was accompanied by the host Governor James Ongwae and other invited dignitaries commended the County Government for renovating the stadium and pledged additional Government financial support to further modernize the sports facility.
"We must encourage good work and I think this is a commendable job. We would like to see Governors emulate the work that has been done here in Kisii County," the Head of State added. Speaking during the event, President Kenyatta called for concerted efforts to support the youth in playing their rightful role in development. "If we cannot solve the problem of the youth as a country, then we cannot achieve tangible development," he said.
Host Governor H.E Ongwae said that the county was privileged to host the games, adding that the competition was meant to provide an opportunity for the county to showcase its heritage. “I am appealing to local organizing committee, which is chaired by my deputy, Joash Maangi, to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the event is a success”, he said.
Meanwhile, Nairobi County retained the men and women tag-of war titles while Uasin Gishu County who scooped the volleyball title were also crowned the athletics champions after bagging most points. In football, Machakos County proved relentless as they retained their title. The games which saw counties like Migori and Homabay not participating since inception was officially closed by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga who called upon the government to allocate more funds in the development of sports in the country.
“The future of sports lies in the youth, and the only way to secure our next heroes is through investment in sports infrastructure, that will help nature talent,” said Raila.

The Council of Governors and the World Food Programme (WFP) held a consultative meeting to discuss areas of collaboration in an upcoming meeting scheduled for 30th September to discuss a common implementation plan of the Kenya’s Country Strategic Plan (July 2018 – June 2023).
WFP through its Country Strategic plan (CSP) will support the National and County Governments from 14 Arid and Semi- Arid Counties to address security and nutrition priorities identified in Kenya’s third medium term plan, County Integrated development plans, the National zero hunger strategic review and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).
The World Food Programme targets Baringo, Garissa, Isiolo, Kilifi, Kitui, Kwale, Makueni, Marsabit, Mandera, Samburu, Taita Taveta, Tana River, Turkana and Wajir Counties.
This is a gesture of the continued great relations between the Council of Governors and its partners as well as the ever growing intergovernmental relations that is attracting development partners into the country.

Project teams from the seven Symbiocity pilot counties came together to take stock of where the project is in view of the change in leadership in the Counties as well as implementation from of the next phase of the project i.e. the change projects
Ms. Jaqueline Mogeni while addressing the project coordinators, CEC’s urban planning, and their finance and procurement teams said that the benefits of the project need to outlive the project life so that citizens own the benefits of the project. “In essence at the end of the project it is important that the community is involved and signs the completion certificate to show satisfaction with the job done,” she added.
As project enters change project implementation phase the team came together to review status challenges and lessons learnt in order to carry themselves to the next phase. Discussions centered on concrete plans on sustainability of the projects as the projects. Here are some of the plans the Counties have to ensure that the project remains sustainable.
dennis“In Kiminini, the County through the CEC lands fronted the Symbiocity Program into the plans for the year and thus was included in the County Integrated Development Plans (CIDPs). Incidentally, the County’s CIDP has borrowed a lot from the workings of Symbio City program and it targets to transform other urban areas in Trans-Nzoia County using the Symbio approach. The County has hired six new sweepers in the proposed region to help assist in waste management, collection of wastes and cleaning the streets. Unclogging exercise kicked off through the Ministry of Works who will be undertaking quarterly maintenance on this. One public toilet constructed by the county to be handed over to the community for management on behalf of the County. It is expected that they will collect revenue and use part of it to operationalize and manage it and maintain the resource centre. The County wants to use the approach in planning other towns within the County”- Dennis Waswa

millicent“In Butere, the team has enjoyed support from the Symbiocity Kenya program especially capacity building on management, communication and Monitoring & Evaluation. The County Government together with the people support the project fully which has been a plus towards its implementation. The County has equally planned for the project in its CIDP thus budgeted for in the budget 2018/19 financial year. The County needs to acquire more land and form a robust Private Public Partnerships to help in managing the small projects in the Change Project and to ensure full engagement of the community and sense of inclusivity. Gazettement of Butere town to a township status will improve management of the region moving forward. The County may also consider having establishing more staff in Butere especially in the urban planning department. This expertise shall ensure that all the planning done during Symbiocity Program shall be implemented to the latter.”- Millicent Cherotich


“Every line ministry implementing the project has a line budget to support implementation of the project under operations and maintenance. The Ministry of Physical planning has allocated 7M for land purchases as a development project and 3M under recurrent. The town has project agent Voluntary Champions who are charged with the responsibility of creating awareness and sensitizing the community on the project benefits while advocating for effective community involvement to foster ownership. Collection of fees and charges will be managed by the community through formation from a trust board over sighted by the County and ploughed back into the project. It is expected that the champions will spearhead this. A monitoring and evaluation team from both County and Ahero is in place to ensure program progresses ad planned, engagement of labourers paid by the County line Ministry of Trade and environment and lastly partnerships with friendly agencies and development partners like, KISIP, UNICEF, LVEMP and academia.”- Mr. Onunga Sospeter

Naomi“Nakuru County has partnership with NARUWASCO which is responsible for water supply in the entire county, apart from Nakuru and Naivasha municipalities. NARUWASCO will regulate the water prices and manage the water kiosks which will also serve as information centres on sustainable water use. Funds from the activities (photocopying services, small scale shop and eco toilet) at the water kiosks will be used in operation and maintenance of the kiosks and profit for the registered groups that will be running them. Further, the county government through the department of infrastructure will be maintaining the drainage system that will be constructed. This will promote project sustainability and community ownership of the project.”- Naomi Murang’a


Njambi“Kwa Vonza the University Town in Kitui County, the technical staff are the drivers of the project to ensure that institutional memory transverses time even with change of government. We have instituted market committees and in conjunction with ministry of trade (CGoK) training happening. As an Arid and Semi-Arid Area that receives interest from donor, we have encouraged Public Private Partnership to provide technical support.

For spatial planning, development control will be efficiently implemented. The County has embraced quick wins and change project and all projects coming up must have this incorporated.”- Njambi Kiburio

Richard“In Homabay, Kshs. 23 million has been allocated towards implementation of Symbiocity related projects in Mbita Town. We have mainstreamed Symbiocity within the CIDP meaning the departments will be able to use it to bargain for funds towards improvement of the urban areas. We trust that the planned for stalls and cold storage units will generate money through payment of user fees thus generating funds for the County Government of Homabay for facilitating operations and management of the Symbiocity Investments. Homabay County has also mainstreamed solid waste management in its CIDP 2018 -2022 by allocating funds to among other purchase solid waste dumping sites as well as ensuring routine solid waste collection and disposal.” Richard Bonyo

Musyoka“The Change project from Ontulili town in Meru County seeks to improve the status of the town through a modern mixed integrated market. In realizing this, the County has identified the development of gateway towns as a strategic aspect towards the realization of the county’s vision of ‘a united prosperous green model county’, with planned interventions including the development of Integrated Spatial Plans and investment in the development of appropriate urban infrastructure. So we will replicate the SymbioCity approach to other gateway towns in Nkinyanga, Keria, Subuiga and Murera. Moreover, we have put in place infrastructure like gravelling the roads, garbage collection to address the needs of the residents around. I believe that sustainability will be based on partnership with relevant County departments, market committee and residents agreeing on how the different components of the facilities will be managed. In fact, the current improvements are already attracting an appetite for private sector investment in the area.”- Jefferson Musyoka

Busia Governor H.E Sospeter Ojamoong emerges the inaugural winner of the Performance for Results trophy after Busia County was named the top county by the World Bank over its high performance in service delivery and prudence public finance management. This was unveiled during the launch of the KDSP Level II grants funding for County Investments worth 1.95B held at the Laico Regency in Nairobi.
Busia County, emerged top after meeting five key results areas in the implementation of the Kenya Devolution Support Program (KDSP) phase I that targeted 13 other counties benefited from a KSh553million conditional grant up from Ksh44million it received in phase I that extended to counties through the Support Programme.
These included prudent public finance management, planning, monitoring and evaluation, human resource and performance management, civic education and public participation, and environmental and social safeguards.
In his opening remarks, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and ASAL, Hon. Eugene Wamalwa, EGH lauded Busia for their exemplary performance and assured them of the National Government’s continued support to County Governments to make Devolution work and make the implementation of the Big Four Agenda a reality. CS Wamalwa proceeded to present a dummy cheque of KSh1.95 billion to Governors and representatives of the 13 counties.
Busia Governor H.E Sospeter Ojamoong flanked by acting County Executive Committee Member for Finance Phaustine Barasa, CECM for Public Works Okwara Ekirapa, County Secretary Nicodemus Mulaku and Chief of Staff Sebastian Okiring said, that the County will continue to invest funds in projects that focus on the big four agenda mainly health and agriculture, adding that he will personally ensure that there's value for money in implementing these projects.
Nyandarua which finished second received KSh282m with Makueni contented with KSh168m after taking third position.
Other governors present included CoG vice chair H.E Anne Waiguru, H.E Prof Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), H.E Stanley Kiptis (Baringo) and H.E Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua).

Thursday, 09 August 2018 11:19


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It is two weeks after 25 waste management champions in Ahero got trained on how to collect and manage better, solid waste, and many of them are already doing what they learnt. Trader Phoebe Ochieng’, 37, loathes waste but did not know what to do with it. “I would never have imagined that there was income in waste,” she states. Now Phoebe collects waste and separates it to compost what can make manure, and sell what can be reused, like metal, plastic and glass bottles.

The chairman of the newly trained champions, 52-year-old George Oluoch, previously burnt waste, but has since learnt better ways of disposal. “Since I started separating waste, I’ve realised that there is a lot that I can sell. Indeed nothing should be called waste,” he states. The group coined the slogan, “my environment, my responsibility”, to ensure that all residents of Ahero effectively dispose of their waste.

Another champion, Caroline Abwao, attended a similar training in the past, but could not sustain championing of proper waste management. The approach was wrong, she says. “The SymbioCity Approach is better as we, champions, are members of the community,” she says.

The champions will jointly lead waste management in Ahero. They will train and demonstrate to the community waste separation, composting and reuse. They will show residents how to clean and dispose of market waste, every Wednesday, after Tuesday market days. “The biggest challenge we face is ignorance. No one wants to be associated with waste. Many people undermine those who collect waste,” another champion, Michael Ogolla, 30, shares.

For two years, Michael has generated compost fertilizer for his crops. But now he wants to increase the amount of manure to sell. He plans to train and work with fellow youth to collect agricultural waste from Ahero Market and from neighbours’ homes.
Training of the 25 waste management champions is a step towards better collection and management of solid waste in Ahero. According to the assistant pilot coordinator for SymbioCity Kenya Programme in Ahero, Sospeter Onunga, the new waste management system aims at reducing the volumes of waste to the landfill.

Thursday, 09 August 2018 09:56


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Not so long ago, a road that runs parallel to Ahero Market was impassable. Businesses crowded the roadside and many temporary shop structures balanced riskily above a septic sewer line behind the market wall. Whenever it rained, the sewage mingled with storm water, flooding the shops, overflowing the roads and draining into River Nyando. Hygiene was deplorable and residents stared terrible communicable and infectious diseases in the eye.

Thankfully the SymbioCity Kenya Project in Ahero has since persuaded the traders to relocate to safer sites. The project is improving drainage in the town, to reduce flooding, and enhance the flow of clean water into the river. River Nyando runs across the town and flows under a bridge on the highway.

Canals that run along the highway are also being cleaned and waste has been removed from illegal dumping sites. A green park is forming across the market, along the river, at a place that was formerly a dumping site. It is hoped that such improvements will inspire the community to support improved waste management, the creation of a more economically supportive green park, and overall order in the town.

Meanwhile, the traders who moved from the sewer line and others who are yet to be relocated from informal stalls along roads and the highway await the new market stalls and shed that the project plans to put up. “There is a lot of hope in Ahero as the SCK project takes shape. Residents are already seeing the benefits of the project. Going forward, we hope for more cooperation,” shares Charles Ogada, the chairman of the SCK technical working group for Ahero.

The County Government, through the County Executive Committee Member for Environment in Kisumu County, Salmon Orimba, has also promised to build a sewage treatment plant in addition to improving the sewer line in Ahero Town. Ahero will also have a large waste sorting plant complete with skips to ensure that waste is transferred to the landfill daily.

The Council of Governors hosted a delegation from the Namibian National Council Standing Committee on Habitat. Led by its top leadership, Committee Chairperson Hon. Sipapela Cletius Sipapela and Vice Chairperson Hon. Betty Beatrice Kaula, the delegation were in a fact finding mission in the country to find out ways of promoting balanced urban development so as to come up with ways of tackling housing shortages and an increase of urban slums at an alarming rate in Namibia.
On receiving the delegation, CoG CEO Ms. Jacqueline Mogeni, welcomed them and briefed them about the Council and its activities through its Secretariat. She commended the delegation for having chosen to learn from one another and that the Council regarded Namibia highly in that it had invited the Namibian Prime Minister as the Chief Guest during the 4th Devolution Conference held in Naivasha in 2017.
In his opening remarks, Head of delegation and Chairperson of Namibian National Council Standing Committee on Habitat, Hon. Sipapela Cletius Sipapela noted that Namibia being a young democracy was keenly interested in learning from Kenya, adding that the country had entrenched a 50- 50 Policy representation had to be on equal gender measure. In terms of governance structure, Sipapela elaborated that Namibia had a bicameral system whereby the National Assembly and National Council are one of its top level institutions.
Vice Chairperson Hon. Betty Beatrice Kaula, in her remarks said that although the country was a Unitary State, with three systems of power, Namibia had 14 regions similar to Counties with 121 Constituencies with 57 Municipalities (districts) and village Councils, was yet to fully reach devolution level.
Ms. Kaula, reiterated that in Namibia, Regional Governors are Presidential appointees and represent the central government in a given region as established under regional County Act of 1922, unlike Kenya where they are elected appointees of the people. This has proved challenging in that appointment of Governors limited implementation of some of the initiatives in comparison to being elected and that Namibia do not have a sort of an association like CoG that brings them together.
On issues of Urbanization, Hon. Lotto Kuushomwa, a member of the committee said both Namibia and Kenya face similar challenges in their various urban areas this is despite the stringent efforts by relevant organs to ensure the balance of resources especially in terms of service delivery.

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County Executive Committee Members in charge of health held their monthly coordination meeting on 30th and 31st July 2018 in Naivasha with CECs in charge of Health from the 47 counties, representatives from NHIF, Ministry of Health, KEMSA and UNICEF in attendance.
The agenda of the meeting was to sensitize the CECs on NHIF operations, get feedback from the counties, update the counties on the UHC Program and the Health Benefits Package, orientation on the Kenya Health Sector Strategy 2019-2013 and partnership framework, draft MoU between Faith Based Organisations (FBOs) and Governments to discuss matters on Human Resources for health in counties.
The Health Benefits package advisory panel continues to develop what can be describes and the minimum package to every Kenyan even as we move towards Universal Health Coverage. The panel at this point is moving to engage with county assemblies in order to increase awareness on UHC agenda and ownership by county assemblies and enactment of county laws and allocation of adequate funding for health. However, there is need for public education to Kenyans on UHC agenda and how they will benefit. Adequate legislation must also be enacted or amended to support the UHC agenda.
Health is one of the fully devolved functions and for Universal Health Coverage to work effectively, County Governments must align their systems and structures towards its implementation. In agreement to this, the Council of Governors and counties will engage more in strengthening county systems for better management of NHIF facilities that is key towards achievement of UHC.
NHIF us currently tasked with educating the public on their products and services for the benefit of Kenyans and will work closely with County departments of health to educate Kenyans at the grassroots. Currently, NHIF is strengthening their systems to be more responsive to claim reimbursements e.g. capacity building of staff at facilities, speed up processes of reimbursements, issuance and effectiveness of cards after registration and County departments of health should do systems and processes analysis to identify gaps for strengthening in preparing quality assurance, adequate documentation for submission of claims for reimbursements.
The CEC’S were on also taken through the Kenya Health Sector Strategy 2019-2023, partnership framework, Community Health Policy where CECs were requested to give their feedback and Draft MOU between Faith Based Organizations (FBOs) and County Governments as well as engage with KEMSA on issues of medical supplies.

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Taita Taveta County Government has sponsored the first cross country event in its bid to boost sports across the county while improving the livelihood of talented youth. Speaking at Danson Mwanyumba Stadium in Wundanyi the Deputy Governor H.E...

Taita Taveta County Deputy Governor Wants Vocational Education and Training Boosted

Taita Taveta County Deputy Governor has called challenged education stakeholders to consider boosting technical and vocational training as they review primary and secondary education curriculums. Speaking during a stakeholder consultative meeting...

Taita Taveta County to Benefit from Kenya Urban Support Program Grant from World Bank

Voi and Mwatate towns will soon get a major facelift courtesy of Kenya Urban Support program sponsored by the World BankGovernor Granton Samboja has signed the participatory agreement and completed the formulation of a county urbanization...

Taita Taveta to reap big from 500 Million USD Investment

Establishment of an export processing zone in Taita Taveta will promote value addition and boost use of local raw materials,  Governor Granton Samboja has noted. The County is set to benefit from a five hundred million dollar grant from China for...

Taita Taveta to Revive Farmer Cooperatives

Taita Taveta farmers have been urged to revive cooperatives to ensure that they benefit from their farm produce. Speaking during an awareness creation meeting on weights and measures with Challa and Njukini farmers in Taveta Sub County, the County...

The Grand Return of Kisumu Governor Professor Anyang’ Nyong’o

Residents of the lakeside city of Kisumu turned out in their droves to accord their beloved Governor a grand reception at the Kisumu International Airport following his brief absence from his home county of Kisumu as he had gone for three months...

The Gura Hydro Power Project

Governor Mutahi Kahiga on 14th February visited the Gura Hydro Power Project in Othaya. The mega project that is worth 1.7 billion shillings is saving tea farmers 30-40 million shillings which is spent annually on power bills. The Gura Hydro Power...

Wajir County Rapid Immunization Programme

H.E AMB. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud Presided over the launch of 100 days of Rapid Results initiative on immunization at Wajir Afya House.RRI was launched on 27th June 2018 by H.E President Uhuru Kenyatta and the President Flagged off cold chain...

Wajir County to partner with National Government

H.E Amb. Mohamed Abdi Mohamud led Wajir County leadership in paying a courtesy call to Deputy President H.E William Samoe Ruto at his Karen residence. They deliberated on ways to partner with the national government in terms of developing the...

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