, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – The Ministry of Devolution and Planning has launched the second strategic plan for the National Government Constituency’s Development fund (NG-CDF) board set to steer the economy onto a growth path to achieve an average 10 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate per annum by 2017.
Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Devolution Mwangi Kiunjuri who was represented by the Permanent Secretary Saitoti Torome, said the new plan will give rise to a devolved structure of government and hence new and distinct governance structures at the national and county levels.
Kiunjuri said the second MTP will Endeavour to steer the economy onto a growth path to achieve an average 10 percent Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate per annum by 2017, including meeting the other goals and targets outlined under the social and political pillars of the Kenya Vision 2030.
“It will prioritise policies, programmes and projects to reduce poverty and inequality including meeting the remaining Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets. All aspects of the development and implementation of the medium term plan (MTP) will take cognisance and be guided by the Constitution,” he said.
“The ministry has noted that there are great disparities between and within constituencies that leads to inequalities among citizens, therefore the need for a more focused approach towards poverty reduction across the country.”
The CS said it is for that reason that the National Government has made a commitment to reduce inequalities and poverty across the country by continuing to support the NG-CDF to enhance community based infrastructure for rapid socio-economic development at the constituency level.
He said in order for their goals to be achieved the National Government(NG) has dedicated a minimum of two and half per cent equitable annual revenue towards projects identified by the community at constituency level.
Kiunjuri said in the last three years the government has made significant achievement in enhancing socioeconomic development through NG-CDG by increased allocation to the fund which saw the annual allocation to the fund grow from Sh27.763 billion in 2012/2013 financial year to Sh35.505 billion in 2016/2017.
“Average allocation per constituency increased from 75.6 million shillings in 2013/2014 to 119 million in 2015/2016” he said.
Kiunjuri called upon all stake holders to support the Board in the implementation and understand the strategic direction adopted by the board so that they can play their pertinent role in uplifting the living standards of the people.