REPUBLIC OF KENYA
July - August, 2007
This publication is a summary of Kenya’s new long-term national planning strategy, officially known as Kenya Vision 2030. The publication briefly states the main goals of the Economic, Social and Political pillars that underpin the Vision 2030. It also provides a run-down of major, (or flagship) projects to be embarked upon in the Medium Term period of the Vision, i.e from 2008-2012. The final version of Vision 2030 will be completed after this and other consultations.
Kenya Vision 2030
THE CONTEXT OF KENYA VISION 2030 Kenya Vision 2030 is the new country’s development blueprint covering the period 2008 to 2030. It aims at making Kenya a newly industrializing, “middle income country providing high quality life for all its citizens by the year 2030”. The Vision has been developed through an all-inclusive stakeholder consultative process, involving Kenyans from all parts of the country. The vision is based on three “pillars” namely; the economic pillar, the social pillar and the political pillar. This vision’s programme plan comes after the successful implementation of the Economic Recovery Strategy for Wealth and Employment Creation (ERS) which has seen the country’s economy back on the path to rapid growth since 2002, when GDP grew at 0.6% rising to 6.1% in 2006. The relationships between the pillars can be seen in Exhibit One below. The economic pillar aims at providing prosperity of all Kenyans through an economic development programme aimed at achieving an average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate of 10 % per annum the next 25 years. The social pillar seeks to build “a just and cohesive society with social equity in a clean and secure environment”. The political pillar aims at realising a democratic political system founded on issue-based politics that respects the rule of law, and protects the rights and freedoms of every individual in the Kenyan society. The Kenya Vision 2030 is to be implemented in successive five-year Medium Term plans with the first such plan covering the period 2008 – 2012. For that reason the reader will find frequent references to projects and programmes scheduled for implementation between 2008 and 2012. Currently, a detailed 5-year development plan (2008-2012) is being prepared under the coordination of the Ministry of Planning and National Development. 2017, and so on till 2030. July-August, 2007 Page 1
2010 another five-year plan will be produced covering the period 2012 to
Kenya Vision 2030
Overarching vision A globally competitive and prosperous nation with a high quality of life by 2030
Economic To maintain a sustained economic growth of 10% p.a. over the next 25 years Social A just and cohesive society enjoying equitable social development in a clean and secure environment Political An issue-based, people-centered, result-oriented, and accountable democratic political system
Plans and implementation
Source: NESC Vision workshop, January 13-14 2006, Naivasha, Kenya
Exhibit 1: Thematic overview of the Kenya Vision 2030
THE VISION DEVELOPMENT PROCESS The Vision 2030 development process was launched by H.E. President Mwai Kibaki on October 30th 2006. At the time, he directed that the Vision strategy be accompanied with realistic and concrete action plans to take place after ERS expires. He also advocated a consultative approach in its development involving as many ordinary Kenyans and stakeholders as possible. Consequently, this was done through workshops with stakeholders from all levels of the public service, private sector, civil society, media and nongovernmental Organisations (NGOs). A number of provincial consultative forums were also held. The objective of the consultations was to provide indepth understanding of the country’s development problems and the necessary strategies to achieve the 2030 results, by the people involved in the implementation of...