The National Treasury has launched the Kenya Vision 2030 Fourth Medium Term Plan (MTP) 2023 -2027 preparatory process that will guide the development agenda for the country in promoting social and economic growth.
Speaking during the launching ceremony at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi, National Treasury CS Ukur Yatani said the MTP will focus on the lives of citizens and the country’s Vision 2030.
“The Fourth MTP will strive to strengthen the country’s economic sector and create employment opportunities, reduce poverty and create a conducive environment for investment,” said Yatani.
The CS added that the plan will be delivered through 25 MTP sector working groups as structured in the Kenya Vision 2030 pillars and Foundation for National Transformation and called upon Chairpersons of the MTP sector working groups to provide overall guidance in the entire process of formulation of the Fourth MTP.
“We will continue to implement and incorporate strategic plans for transforming Kenya. We also have a draft concept note containing the plan, which aims at promoting development strategies for the country over five years starting from 2023 to 2027,” said Yatani.
He at the same time stated that the proposed development strategies will also guide the MTP sector working groups in designing specific forums in all the 47 counties, as well as give an opportunity to citizens to provide their views and input as the basis for designing MTP policies, programmes and projects.
The CS said during the Medium Term, the government will deepen private sector participation in implementation of programmes and projects within the public private partnership of programmes and projects within the public private framework, since the private sector remains a key driver of investment, technological advancement and employment creation.
He also commended development partners for their continued support in the implementation of MTP programmes and projects, noting that the government is committed to ensure that donor financing is well aligned, harmonized and coordinated in line with the priorities of the Fourth Medium Term Plan.
Yatani said since Kenya is bound by the global and regional development commitments, the fourth MTP will seek to continue implementing the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development goals and aspirations of the Africa Agenda 2063.
In his remarks, State Department for Planning PS Dr Julius Muia, said that The Fourth MTP will implement the fourth and second-last phase of Kenya Vision 2030 and set the momentum for transition to the next long term development agenda for the country.
“It will also be guided by the Constitution through a wide consultative process with various segments of the population and will incorporate the priorities outlined in the manifesto of the Political Party forming the government after the next general election scheduled for August 2022,” he added.
Muia stated that the fourth MTP will be prepared against the backdrop of among other challenges, negative effects of Covid-19 pandemic and implement economic recovery strategies to re-position the economy on a steady and sustainable growth trajectory.
Echoing the words of the CS, the Chairperson Parliamentary Committee on Finance and Planning, Gladys Wanga, urged various stakeholders and officials to promote public participation in the MTP process.
“This plan is a key document to guide our commitment in financial planning of Kenya and through Parliament, various leaders will offer support in approving the formulated policies,” said Wanga.
The United Nations Resident Coordinator based in Kenya, Dr Stephen Jackson, appealed to various stakeholders to focus on preserving natural resources for economic growth in the country.
He appealed to the government to remain committed to the ‘leave no one behind’ policy, which aims at solving issues on gender equality, equal distribution of resources and promoting job opportunities.
The British High Commission, Deputy High Commissioner and Development Director, Julius Court, called on the government to consider focusing on private finance on the private sector, inclusion of all people for national growth and strengthening various institutions through devolution and digitization.
The Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) Carole Kariuki, appealed for the development of infrastructure and more digitalization of government services like Huduma Centers.
She also called for universal health care and high quality of education at all levels, which will transform the lives of Kenyans.
By Hannah Njoki and Manu Mumba