Kenya Vision 2030 is the country’s new development blueprint covering the period 2008 to 2030. It aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, “core-income country providing a high quality life to all its citizens by the year 2030”. The Vision has been developed through an all inclusive and participatory stakeholder counseling process, involving Kenyans from every parts of the country. It has also benefited from suggestions by some of the leading local and international experts on how the newly industrializing countries around the world have made the leap from poverty to widely-shared prosperity and equity. The Vision is anchored on three “pillars”: the economic, social and the political. The acceptance of the Vision by Kenya comes after the successful implementation of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERS) which has enabled the country’s economy revert back to the path of rapid growth since 2002, when GDP grew from a low of 0.6% and rising gradually to 6.1% in 2006 and 6.3% in the first quarter of 2007. Six priority sectors have been targeted to raise the national GDP growth rate to 10 Percent by 2012, Tourism has been listed as the foremost player of the six sectors. Others include Agriculture & Livestock, Wholesale & Retail Trade, Manufacturing, Business Process Outsourcing and Financial Services. The social pillar seeks to build a just, cohesive and equitable social development in a clean and secure environment. The political pillar aims to realize issue-based, people centered, result oriented and accountable democratic system that respects the rule of law, and protects the rights and freedoms of every individual in Kenyan society. The Kenya Vision 2030 is to be implemented in successive five-year Medium-Term Plans, with the first one covering the period 2008 – 2012. The Ministry of Tourism’s Strategic Plan for fiscal years 2008/9– 2012/13 takes into account the Ministry’s...
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