Vision 2030 to align with constitution, Jubilee Manifesto
In a workshop held in Nairobi Tuesday to review the draft of the Second Medium Term Plan (MTP) of the Vision 2030, which outlines the development agenda for Kenya between 2013 and 2017, the workshop targeting Cabinet Secretaries and their new Principal Secretaries sought to secure their input for the Second MTP as well as take cognizance of the ongoing changes in government, critical concerns and lessons that were learnt while implementing the First MTP.
Delivering remarks at the start of the workshop, Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Ms. Anne Waiguru said that compliance with the Constitution would guarantee an enabling environment for the progressive realization of the economic and social rights for all Kenyans as provided in Article 43 of the Constitution.
Besides the Constitution, the Cabinet Secretary noted that the nine point agenda of the Jubilee Government had emerged as a significant focus of the Second MTP, for which alignment was imperative.
This agenda prioritizes: modernizing agriculture; improving the business environment; creating more jobs for youth; ensuring affordable credit for youth and women enterprises; promoting equitable resource distribution through devolution; investment in the ICT sector; provision of water for irrigation and human use; strengthening Medium and Small Enterprises; and deepening economic and political relations with our neighbours (EAC, COMESA, etc).
Ms. Waiguru underscored the critical role that the new MTP would play in fulfilling the public expectations on the Jubilee Government administration.
She lauded the significant achievements recorded under the First MTP, despite the challenges that characterized the implementation period. She cited the dismal economic growth rate, which fell short of the 10% target, and called for concerted efforts towards surpassing the targets set out in the Second MTP, to ensure that the country is firmly on track towards attaining the Vision 2030. She expressed confidence that with a dedicated, intuitive and energetic leadership, Kenya was sure to realize its full potential.
Ms. Waiguru highlighted that government ministries and other state agencies would be required to undertake all strategic planning on the basis of the Second MTP to ensure coherence across government in meeting the set targets at both the national and devolved levels, emphasizing the crucial role that the county governments are to play in implementation of the Second MTP.
She noted that success in delivering the aspirations of the second MTP was hinged on the effectiveness of the complementary relationship that the national and county governments establish. She highlighted that concerns such as the high youth unemployment, high poverty and high cost of living of Kenyans called for the implementation of urgent interventions, for which public sector reform is necessary.
Notable inclusions in the Second MTP are the “oil and other minerals resources sector” under the Economic pillar, informed by the recent discoveries of oil deposits in Northern Kenya and in addition, two thematic sector groups devoted to “drought risk management and ending drought emergencies”; and another on “national values and ethics”. This emerges from the acknowledgement that development can only take root if the country builds its national resilience to mitigate drought by promoting climate change adaptation as well as strengthening governance and the fabric of the society.
The Principal Secretaries for Devolution and Planning, John Konchellah and Eng. Peter Magiti also addressed workshop participants.
The MTP together with 19 detailed sector plans will be launched by mid-August 2013.