NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 6 – The Vision 2030 Delivery Board is currently taking stock of the second cycle of the Medium Term Plan (MTP) with a view of identifying successes and challenges that will inform the next cycle.
Kenya began implementing the Vision in the year 2008 with the first MTP running from 2008 to 2013.
The second MTP runs 2013 and through to 2017.
The Board Chairman James Mwangi says the country is on the right track in attaining the goals with most projects ahead of schedule.
Among the major highlights of the second MTP include the growth in the number of Kenyans that have access to electricity at over 52 percent and Standard Gauge Railway that is about 75 percent complete.
“Over the first two MTPs, the country has set the foundation for the proper take off of other projects across the three Vision 2030 pillars, having largely focused on projects that are enablers,” Mwangi said during a consultative meeting between the Vision 2030 Delivery Board and the Editors Guild.
He says the country has since 2008 nearly doubled electricity generation, with the installed capacity rising to 2,298 Megawatts as of 2015, compared to 1200 Megawatts in 2008, most of which is from cheaper and renewable sources.
Other notable projects in the last five years include the on-going Lamu Port and South Sudan Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor, signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) for the railway and pipeline projects between the government of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.
“The progress in these and other projects show that we are firmly on track to achieving the Vision 2030 goals,” Mwangi said.
On his part, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat Director General Gituro Wainaina expressed optimism in attainment of the socio-economic and political goals set to be accomplished in the next 14 years.
“From the LAPPSET project, roll out of digital literacy programme, setting up of Huduma Centres and construction of new courts, you can clearly see Vision 2030 has been on the ground striving to ensure that Kenya transforms into a newly-industrializing, globally competitive and middle-income country,” Gituro said.
He noted that the transport sector has significantly improved in the last five years with projects under infrastructure development recording high levels of success.
Additionally, Gituro noted that the roads sector have tremendously improved with the expansion of the Southern Bypass.
“The Road 2000 program had very high success levels of up to 215 percent as 4,216km of roads were improved against a target of 1,960km. The programme coverage increased from 37 sub-counties in 2007/2008 to 150 by 2 014,” Wainaina said.
Wainaina adds the ongoing Outering Road construction is set to be completed in 2017 after the government secured Sh11billion from the African Development Bank (AfDB).
The economic front entailing the wholesale and retail trade, tourism, manufacturing and financial services sectors received mixed success. Some projects in these sectors have been implemented successfully while others are significantly behind schedule.
To boost agriculture performance, the government, in partnership with Toyota Tsusho East Africa as the strategic investor, has commenced the building of three-phased Sh103 billion fertilizer plant to be ready in June 2016.
Following the earlier move to identify schools to receive laptops for the Digital Literacy Programme, 150 public primary schools are already acting as a test bed for the full programme’s implementation.
Gituro added that Technical, Vocational, Education Training (TVET) institutions across the country have experienced increased enrolment of students due to the intervention of the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB) which is now providing similar support to students in technical institutions as it has done at the university level.
“The curriculum review concept paper has been developed and is awaiting stakeholders’ engagements,” he said.
Wainaina noted some of the challenges derailing progress of some projects to be long gestation period for some projects, both in planning and implementation; lack of adequate funds for most projects such as the ambitious LAPSSET – which requires Sh2.4 trillion to be completed – and inadequate financial and performance management systems in counties.