THE lives of ordinary Kenyans have not changed much since the onset of the ambitious Vision 2030, the board's chairman James Mwangi has admitted.
The vision is an economic blue-print that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrialising, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030. It is being implemented in five-year phases with the current one running from 2008 to 2012.
The vision comprises of three key pillars namely economic social and political. The Economic Pillar aims to achieve an average economic growth rate of 10 per cent per annum and sustaining the same until 2030.
The Social Pillar seeks to engender just, cohesive and equitable social development in a clean and secure environment, while the Political Pillar aims to realise an issue-based, people-centred, result-oriented and accountable democratic system.
“The trickle down has not been felt as much,” said Mwangi. “The complexity of execution sometimes is very difficult.” According to Mwangi, most of the energies in the last five years have gone into putting the right structures and institutions in place and Kenyans should now start feeling some meaningful impact going forward.
“Rebuilding and reconstruction is where most of the energy has gone in five years,” Mwangi said last week. He cited the example of the road from Mombasa to Kisumu which has had to be rebuilt from scratch.
“This has taken so much energy,” he said. “The structures are now in place.”Apart from various massive road projects that have either been completed or are ongoing, the country has managed to revamp its institutions like the judiciary.
A credible justice system may lead to a rise in investments in the country since investors are assured of justice in case of disputes, Mwangi said.
Already various multinational firms like Nokia, Microsoft, General Electric, Visa, IBM among others are relocating their head offices from South Africa to Kenya.
“We are now experiencing growth but that growth needs to be distributed by the systems,” he said adding that the disconnect will be closed shortly.
Mwangi however threw a caution regarding the coming general elections arguing that how the country conducts the polls will either give impetus or derail the implementation of the vision. “The voter has not transformed as much as the institutions,” he said.