NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
President Uhuru Kenyatta who is seeking his re-election pledged on
Sunday to create about 6.5 million extra quality jobs, especially
for the youth, over the next five years.
Kenyatta, who held a live chat on his official Facebook page
where he answered questions from Kenyans about his administration’s
action plan, said that he has put in place an Action Plan for more
jobs and lower prices that will build on the progress from the last
four years into real benefits for all Kenyans.
"My Action Plan will transform the progress we have made over the
last four years, into real benefits for all Kenyans.
"Over the next 5 years, my government will create 6.5 million
extra quality jobs, especially for the youth," Kenyatta told his
three million Facebook followers.
The live chat which lasted about 45 minutes, saw Kenyatta who is
seeking another five-year term, discuss a variety of topics
including corruption, security and the Aug. 8 polls.
"We all have to play a role in the fight against corruption and I
am committed as an individual and a President to fighting
corruption," he said.
Kenyatta underlined his commitment to fight the vice and urged
the judiciary to play its part in ensuring that justice is served to
He also urged Kenyans to be alert and play an active role in
fighting graft, saying the war against corruption will succeed if
all citizens are involved.
"My government is the first to set up a multi-agency team to curb
corruption, which has always been present over the years," he added.
Kenyatta pledged to beef up security before, during and after the
August elections, calling on all Kenyans to uphold peace and live
together in harmony.
"All Kenyans must adhere to the principles of unity, democracy
and peaceful coexistence especially as we prepare for this general
election," he said.
"We roundly and loudly reject the politics of division and
"No matter the results of the election, we must love one another
as we love ourselves," Kenyatta added.
The live online conversation, the first of its kind, presented
Kenyans the opportunity to hear the president talk directly about
his Action Plan.
"I want to have a candid conversation with all Kenyans, a
conversation about the progress we have made and the policies for
the future, not politics and power-games," Kenyatta said.
He pointed out that over the last four years his administration
has built the foundations for prosperity and created over 2.5
million new jobs by investing in infrastructure, roads, rail and
electricity to support job-creating businesses and help farmers
deliver their produce to market.
"We have ensured more Kenyans have access to quality education
and health care. And we have taken the fight to Al-Shabaab to make
this country safer for every Kenyan family," the president said.
He noted that many Kenyans were still struggling, saying that he
will deliver his transformational plan because he has already built
the foundations for prosperity and only needs the next five years to
finish the job.
"Many of our youth who study and work hard can’t find jobs, high
food prices still leave many families hungry, and our manufacturing
sector has not yet delivered enough new jobs and higher wages," the
He assured that in the next five years his administration will
continue to invest in infrastructure, education and training, small
enterprises and a 21st Century high-tech economy that will drive
prosperity and job creation for all.
"With my Action Plan, I will take immediate action to ensure that
this progress means a lower cost of living for you and your family,
Kenyatta assured Kenyans.
He reiterated his directive to foreign contractors that they must
to employ locals in their projects.
President Kenyatta said by investing in farming and markets,
transport and trade, his administration has been able to build the
foundations for food security, protection against drought and better
transport links for food delivery.
He vowed to connect the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), roads,
electricity to what he said will be massive creation of jobs.
"We have a plan to build a light rail network in Nairobi, extend
the SGR to Naivasha to Narok, then through to Kisumu," he said.
Kenya joins UN-backed initiative to spur entrepreneurship
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has joined the United Nations-led
program that helps promote entrepreneurship by building capacity for
small businesses around the globe.
Under the Empretec program launched in Nairobi, the East African
nation will be able to derive significant benefits from the
integration and skills development of its large, yet unproductive,
"Empretec can therefore play a central role in inspiring
entrepreneurship and developing the right skills to start and grow
MSMEs, thus stimulating economic growth through job creation,
helping formalize businesses, creating opportunities for and thereby
empowering disadvantaged groups such as youth and women, and
strengthening local productive capacity," UNCTAD’s
Secretary-General, Mukhisa Kituyi said.
Empretec is UNCTAD’s flagship capacity-building program
coordinated from Geneva, Switzerland, by its Enterprise Branch of
the Division of Investment and Enterprise.
The program focuses on developing countries and economies and
transitions. Besides promoting entrepreneurship and enhancing
productive capacity, it also seeks to boost the international
competitiveness of MSMEs.
Kenya’s Minister of Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Adan
Mohamed said the country’s Vision 2030 strategy, adopted in 2007,
acknowledges the need to support the informal sector to raise
productivity and distribution, jobs, owners’ incomes and public
"We thank UNCTAD for the opportunity and support to establish an
Empretec Centre in Kenya.
"The centre will go a long way in developing and promoting
Entrepreneurship in the Country.
"We foresee graduation of many MSMEs from informal to formal
"This will be good for the country," Mohamed said.
The program is implemented through its National Centres,
established in 39 countries.
Since its inception in 1988, Empretec has successfully trained
more than 420,000 people, helping them to found or expand
businesses, creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process.
According to UNCTAD, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises
(MSMEs) are key engines of economic growth.
They make a significant
contribution through outputs, employment, job creation and
In Kenya, such enterprises play a key role in economic
development, contributing 33.8 percent of GDP and 81.1 percent of
employment opportunities, according to the 2016 National MSME
However, 98 percent of businesses in Kenya are estimated to be in
the informal sector, with most run by young people aged between
18-35 and women.
Kenya seeks US $45 million dollars to bridge digital divide
NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya requires 45 million U.S. dollars in
order to achieve universal access for communications services,
telecommunication industry regulator has said.
Francis Wangusi, director general of Communications Authority of
Kenya, told a media briefing in Nairobi that currently 94.4 percent
of the country’s population has access to at least basic voice and
Short Messaging Service (SMS).
"Kenya is therefore seeking 45 million dollars in order to reach
the unserved and underserved areas that were left out during the
liberalization of the communication sector," Wangusi said during the
inauguration of the council members of the Universal Service
Advisory Council (USAC).
Wangusi said that Kenya has set a target of achieving full
connectivity for the entire population in the next five years.
The East African nation is currently instituting measures geared
towards bridging digital divide in the country. "One of the
milestones in the last financial year 2016/17 was the
operationalization of the Universal Service Fund," Wangusi said.
The kitty which was established to reduce the digital divide for
Kenyans, acts as an incentive for attracting operators and service
providers to rural and high cost areas through provision of
subsidies and grants.
The regulator said that a financial model will be developed to
calculate the subsidy levels required by an operator to roll out
services in unserved and underserved areas.
The Fund is also expected to support Information Communication
Technology innovation and development of content and applications in
addition to supporting capacity building in the country.
According to the director general, regions that are sparsely
populated and or have inadequate road infrastructure are most
affected by lack of telecom services.