By Rose Welimo/PSCU
The cabinet has approved the allocation of Kshs 100 billion for salary increases for all Public Servants starting July 2017.
It also approved an allocation for the harmonization of Public Sector salaries and allowances; Civil Service Pension; house and hardship allowances; recruitment of 10,000 police officers; as well as 5,000 teachers.
Presenting the budget estimates, Treasury Cabinet secretary Henry Rotich projected revenue collection to be 1.704 billion shillings compared to 1.500 billion shillings projected for collection in the current 2016/2017 budget noting that the budget has increased from Kshs 2.48 trillion in 2016/17 Budget to Kshs 2.62 trillion.
He added that donor commitments have been firmed up and disbursements are expected to hit 2561.1 billion shillings in both grants and loans.
And to ensure pro-poor growth and sustainable development, the 2017/18 budget will continue to focus on the 2nd Medium Term Plan of the Kenya Vision 2030 and the Government priorities under a five-pillar transformation agenda.
The cabinet meeting whose main agenda was to consider and approve the Financial Year 2017/2018 budget estimates for submission to Parliament was chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday at State House Nairobi.
The Cabinet further approved the Hosting of the 56th Session of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization noting that it will provide the best opportunity to lobby for the adoption of key resolutions on pertinent challenges unique to Kenya, but which will be further strengthened by collective support the Member States.
This includes among others Kenya’s challenge with the growing threat of terrorism and violent extremism.
The conference will also bolster Kenya’s leadership in the region and affirm the country’s sustained support for AALCO’s ideals.
AALCO’s annual sessions attract a huge delegation from the constituent Member State as well as other representatives of non-member states from across the globe who may be admitted to attend the session as has been the practice in the previous sessions.
The influx of delegates from across the globe will raise the profile of Kenya through marketing of the event and increase its visibility in the world stage which will have lasting economic benefits. This exposure will enable the country to further market itself not only as a conference destination but also a tourism and business destination.