Naivasha…………Election cycles and political activities will not affect implementation of Vision 2030 projects, drafters and implementers of the national economic blue print have said today.
Key stakeholders led by the Vision 2030 delivery secretariat, government departments and private sector players say the framework for development involved Kenyans from all walks of life and no special group should lay personal claim.
“Therefore, there is no specific group that can claim ownership and neither is there a special group than can say Vision 2030 is not part of what we want,” said Vision 2030 delivery Secretariat, Director General, Dr. Julius Muia.
He said completion of Standard Gauge Railway within the stipulated timelines has given the secretariat more confidence of undertaking even bigger projects like The Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor project which is 10 times bigger in terms of investment value.
“This will open up two-thirds of the country’s investment space to boost job creation and address high unemployment rates,”said Dr.Muia.
Dr. Muia spoke on the sidelines of a two-day Knowledge Sharing Workshop in Naivasha that is ending this Friday.
The event that begun Thursday morning brings drafters and implementers of Vision 2030 together to guide a strategic path for projects execution in the medium term III.
Cabinet passed a rule that Vision 2030 is going to be the only development framework for Kenya.
“That is why we see progressively the Vision being entrenched as the framework for development in the medium term plans,”said Dr. Muia.
LAPSSET, Chairman, Ambassador, Dr. Francis Muthaura said the whole thrust of the vision is owned by all Kenyans, government, private sector, political parties through parliamentary process.
It is a long term strategy intended to accommodate various governments that come in after every five year cycle and still maintains the over-arching thrust of the vision,”said Amb. Dr. Muthaura.
Kenya International Convention Center (KICC) chief executive officer, Nana Gecaga said mega Vision 2030 projects like the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) is opening up business opportunities to key sectors of the economy and should safe guarded for posterity.
Gecaga said the modern railway has a capacity to bridge a 60 percent gap in the country’s events management business and contribute significantly to the tourism sector.
“It means now we have a package we can sell when we have delegates in the country. SGR will improve delegates experience because delegates are not only coming to Kenya for conferences but also want to visit a destination,” said Gecaga.
As the country prepare for the third Medium term Implementation Plan for the Vision, starting in 2018, Amb. Muthaura said it is critical that the leadership, ownership and the vision delivery mechanisms be redefined at the National and Country level.
He proposed that the Governor and his/her cabinet lead, be assisted by a County Vision delivery Unit in liaison with the National Vision Delivery Board at the county level.
Each County should identify two to three high impact Vision flagship projects for implementation during the plan period in the new plan.
In addition, the Summit of the President and the Council of Governors could always have a Vision implementation progress report in their agendas.
“ In order to sustain the Vision implementation momentum, a mid-term nation review conference would be very useful,”said Amb. Muthaura.
At the National level, the President and his Cabinet should be assisted by the Ministry of Planning, the National Vision Delivery Board and the Ministerial delivery units to ensure that there is alignment of the government manifesto with Vision Strategy.