ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga says Kenya can be Africa’s leading financial center, logistics, shipping and aviation hub as well as headquarters for global business.
To achieve the same however, Raila says it will need a firm foundation for the rule of law as well as zero tolerance for corruption and complacency.
In a tweet Wednesday morning titled “Kenya Going forward, What Raila Believes,” The former Prime Minister said while we invest in prolonged stability of the Nation, we must do more to more to promote social cohesion out of our ethnic and religious diversity.
“We must ensure a fair, efficient and transparent Judiciary. Investors and citizens need assurance that when disputes arise, there will be a Judiciary that will deliver fast, fair and transparent justice,” He said.
Raila further highlighted the need for massive investment in manpower development through universal access to top-flight public education system.
“Trained manpower is the single most important factor determining whether we are competitive or not. Once we train our youth we must ensure they are hired purely on merit basis,” He said.
He said we should pursue a low and transparent tax regime backed by efficient and clean public service running on a strong regulatory and legal frame work.
Raila said there is need to prioritize the need to make Kenya a regional transport, communication business and diplomacy hub. “With massive investments in air, maritime, rail and road transportation, we will position
Kenya as a natural hub for multinational business in Africa.”
“We should invest in higher value added industries and strong productivity instead of just consumption. we must invest in food security and an efficient public primary healthcare system.” He said.
Raila said if we promote finance innovativeness, entrepreneurship, team work and work ethic, and enhance ongoing social protection measures, Kenya will lead in Africa, jobs will come.
“Upward social mobility comes for all. I believe it’s possible,” He said.