, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 5 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged the three Arms of Government to work together to boost Kenya’s competitiveness and attract more investments.
He said a closer working relationship in government will enhance a conducive environment for the various sectors to create jobs for the young and the innovative population.
He spoke at the 3rd Presidential Roundtable forum at State House Nairobi. Friday’s forum, for the first time, brought together the three Arms of Government, private sector and development partners.
The President said, “I am looking forward to a very close engagement between all the partners here as we work together on proposals and interventions that will improve the livelihoods of Kenyans”.
The Head of State welcomed the Judiciary, Legislature and devolved governments represented in the forum by Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal, Speaker Justus Muturi and Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto.
He said,” Their presence at this meeting represents one of the major shifts my Government is making by embracing a whole of government approach in resolving critical matters affecting the country.”
Saying the private/public partnership must yield results, the President challenged all the key players to deliver on the commitments made at the meeting.
“In the next forum, each sector and government ministry will present a brief on the progress made,” the President said.
He also told Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and Land Commission chairman Mohammed Swazuri, who were at the forum, to ensure that their agreed closer working relationship yielded results in service delivery.
President Kenyatta allayed fears that the proposed East African integration would kill local industries in the partner states.
He said the member states were working together on a framework that ensures local industries flourish even as citizens reaped the fruits of the expanded market.
Deputy President William Ruto said the government was working hard to fulfil its pledge to reduce the cost of energy and asked the private sector to reciprocate by increasing their investments to create more jobs for young people.
“Let us appreciate the reduction of energy costs by between 25-30 per cent in the last one year by investing for a win-win outcome,” the Deputy President said.
Ruto said the presidential roundtables should translate into more job creation by the private sector and not be used only as avenues to improve profits.
Others who spoke were council of Governors chairman, Speaker Muturi and the Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana who committed themselves to a closer working relationship for better service delivery.