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Vision 2030 secretariat in sight

NAIROBI, August 25 – A secretariat to oversee the implementation of Vision 2030 could be in place in the next three to six months, the government said Monday.

Planning Permanent Secretary Dr Edward Sambili said head-hunting of officers for the Vision Delivery Secretariat (VDS) was on-going, and formal appointments were likely to be made soon.

It is expected that the VDS will be divided into 8 departments, corresponding to the main sectors of the Vision and covering the economic, social and political pillars.

“It will be managed by a Director General of the Vision 2030 office under the guidance of the vision’s Delivery Board,” said Sambili.

Through the Secretariat, the government hopes to engage the private sector in supporting the projects outlined in Vision 2030 and it is undertaking measures to ensure a conducive operating environment.

In the meantime, Planning Secretary Stephen Wainaina told Capital Business, that they welcomed feedback from the public adding that all the topical issues raised would be included in the second medium-term plan of 2012 to 2018.

He said that although majority of those who were analysing the blueprint had not comprehensively read it, the government was taking the criticism positively as it gave them ideas of what needed to be included in the subsequent medium plans.

Environmentalists have for example raised concerns that the sector had not been given the in-depth coverage it deserved.

“If climate change becomes a topical issue in the next five years, we are going to adjust and make sure that we include it in the document,” he explained.

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He assured the public that although the document was not cast in stone and several issues would be reflected in the Vision, the guiding principles would remain the same.

“We are trying to disseminate information to all Kenyans because the Vision has to be owned,” he said.

It is estimated that it would cost about Sh1 trillion and Sh1.2 trillion would be required to implement the projects, money that is expected to be sourced from both the government and the private sector.

On its part, the government will execute the vision through the provisions of the national budget.

Wainaina said the ministry was working with other their counterparts to ensure that other ministries’ strategic plans were aligned to all aspects of the implementation of the Vision, particularly the identified flagship projects.

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