Nairobi, Kenya

Minister of State for Planning, National Development and Vision 2030, Wycliffe Oparanya, yesterday urged the media to address matters related to realizing Vision 2030 as a way of making the country’s economy grow.

Addressing the media at Treasury Building ahead of today’s second medium term plan launch to be held at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Oparanya pointed out that the plan seeks to create employment as a way of achieving vision 2030.

“Besides creating employment, the plan seeks to address projects that were not addressed in the previous plan, like the Lamu Port-Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSET) programme and development of the Lamu Port. In addition we want to develop Human Resource, increase the level of investment to 30% and invest more in cleaner sources of energy,” said the Butere lawmaker.

According to the Minister, 19 working groups to be chaired by respective Permanent Secretaries in various ministries, will be put in place to spearhead the running of the medium term plan To achieve its target, the ministry will give guidelines to developers at the county level on terms of preference in line with vision 2030.

Afterwards, county representation forums will be done in all the 47 counties to sensitize people on the medium term plan. According to the Economy Survey 2012 that was launched in May 2012, Kenya’s economy suffered a downturn in 2011 after registering 4.4% compared to the revised 5.8% witnessed in 2010.

The slowdown was as a result of high oil and food prices as well as unfavorable weather conditions. Currently, it is ranging between 3.5% and 4.7% and the Government with the Ministry of Planning as the lead agency is hoping to hit the 10% mark in the next five years.

In today’s launch, the minister is expected to point out steps that have been taken to make the medium term plan workable in accordance with achieving vision 2030.

The writer is Mass Communication Student, Multimedia University

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