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Government's vision 2030 blueprint on course–report

Kenya has made tremendous progress since 2008 when the blueprint was unveiled

In Summary
  • The key objective of the vision is an annual economic growth rate of 10 per cent and this is far from being achieved.

  • With nine years remaining, and expected regime changes in next year’s election, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the plan will still be achieved.
ICT CS Joe Mucheru speaks during the strategic plan validation workshop on October 27, 2021/ CHARLENE MALWA
ICT CS Joe Mucheru speaks during the strategic plan validation workshop on October 27, 2021/ CHARLENE MALWA

The government is upbeat it's Vision 2030 will be achieved within the set time frame, with less than 10 years to go.

The key objective of the vision is an annual economic growth rate of 10 per cent and this is far from being achieved.

This is as impediments such as perennial drought, famine and the coronavirus pandemic slowdown the government's progess .

Even so, the 2019-2020 flagship Vision 2030 progress report notes that real GDP grew by 2.9 per cent during the year to 5.5 per cent.

The blueprint which seeks to transform Kenya into a globally competitive nation economically by 2030 is anchored on three pillars: economic, social and political.

With nine years remaining, and expected regime changes in next year’s election, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said the plan will still be achieved when put in the right hands.

He said Kenya has made tremendous progress since 2008 when Vision 2030 was unveiled, citing digitisation of government services and growth of mobile financial technology as highlights.

For instance platforms such as eCitizen and Ardhi Sasa, he said, have transformed lives and put more hours in the hands of Kenyans to build the economy.

Under public sector reforms, the Integrated Service Delivery Model (One-Stop Shops) also known as Huduma Centres served a total of 5,600,000 citizens through the various Service Delivery Channels

Mucheru noted that on benefits of digitalization, Kenya conducted a digital census and analyse the data in four months compared to four years when the process was manual.

Former Kenya Private Sector Alliance chairman Nicholas Nesbitt, who heads the economic pillar committee in the Vision 2030 Delivery Board, said Kenya is on the path to achieving the vision as it is now a middle-income country and heading for upper-middle-income.

On electricity, the last mile connectivity project connected 500,397 customers bringing the cumulative number of customers to over 7.5 million during this period in the energy sector.

On Land reforms, during the period 454,990 titles were registered.

Guidelines to counties on implementation of National Spatial Plan and National Land Use Policy were also developed and disseminated.

The land value index was completed in five Counties namely: Mombasa, Kisumu, Narok, Kericho and Bomet and in Naivasha.

To improve Shipping and Maritime Facilities the government has so for commenced construction works on Berth 22 for the Second Container Terminal Phase II and the first 3 Berths at the Lamu Port was at 55.2 per cent and 79 per cent respectively, while the rehabilitation and improvement of infrastructure at the Kisumu Port was at 98 per cent, when the report was produced.

On security, the construction of the forensic laboratory is 100 per cent complete while equipping was at 26 per cent complete.

Assorted security equipment and 30 vehicles were procured for the police.

Integrated Population Registration System (IPRS) was completed and operationalised.

This is the second progress report on the implementation of Flagship Programmes and Projects in the third Medium Term Plan of Kenya Vision 2030.