The Government of Kenya and the African Development Bank (AfDB) Tuesday signed a grant agreement valued at $ 1.7 million to enhance the capacity of the President’s Delivery Unit (PDU).
The grant, which will be given in form of technical assistance, is targeted at strengthening the human resource and systems capacity of the PDU to enable it monitor progress, coordinate inter-ministerial dependencies and report on the overall implementation of the approved programmes of the Big Four agenda.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda comprise four key areas of priority covering provision of universal health coverage, quality jobs to Kenyans through enhancing the manufacturing sector, affordable housing that will see the construction of 500,000 units and; food security and nutrition.
National Treasury and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Henry Rotich, and AfDB Director General for Eastern Africa, Mr. Gabriel Negatu, signed the agreement at a ceremony witnessed at the State House Nairobi by the President’s Chief of Staff and Head of Delivery, Mr. Nzioka Waita.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Negatu said: “This supported project may be a modest component of the Bank’s portfolio in Kenya in monetary terms but it is set to have massive impact in terms of driving the delivery of the Government’s Big Four agenda.”
Mr. Negatu pointed out that the Big Four projects are fully aligned with the Bank’s High-5 priorities to transform Africa.
Mr Rotich thanked the Bank for availing the grant, saying it will go a long way towards accelerating the implementation oversight of National Government programmes and projects.
“Every shilling invested by the Government must result in timely completion of projects and tangible benefits for the people of Kenya. This is what the President expects of us,” Mr. Rotich said.
On his part, Mr. Waita assured the Bank that the grant will provide the much needed boost in technical expertise and tools to enhance delivery tracking and cement the PDU’s position as a centre of excellence in sharing knowledge on government delivery tracking within the Eastern Africa region and beyond.