The Government of Kenya, via the Ministry for Development of Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands, February 5 published the initial cornerstones of the Vision 2030 Medium Term Plan (MTP) for the region, with key items on the list being infrastructure and human capital development.
Besides, the blueprint broached upon the tapping of resources in the marginalized area, ranging from mineral to livestock development.
Propagating the initial five-year phase, which will be a reflection of earnest specifics in an investment cycle that will run up to 2030, the Minister in charge, Mohammed Elmi, said the state is set to placate the private sector’s interests in the region by establishing an investment kitty.
How Northern Kenya’s MTP Falls into Vision 2030
The Northern Kenya MTP is a booklet in its own right, featuring three major pillars, each covering vital areas that will enhance the socio-political and economic dispensation of a region that enjoys economic segregation from the rest of the country.
The three pillars include the economic, social and political, which tackle capital matters ranging from livestock production, health and devolution, respectively. Here is a look at the bigger picture of each pillar:
Economic: Livestock, tourism, financial services, manufacturing and mining, BPO, and dry land investments (apart from pastoralist trades).
Social: Education, health, population & residential matters, gender & youth matters.
Political: Governance & security, devolution, change of attitude.
Other than the above concrete synthesis, the government is also keen to tackle fundamentals, head-on, ranging from infrastructural development to security resolution. Infrastructure has already been on the cards in the larger context of Kenya. Apart from dams and borehole construction, mega projects like the Great North Road, the Lamu-Ethiopia & South Sudan rail and road, as well as, the construction of feeder roads, are also on the agenda.
Human capital development is also a fundamental concern of the blueprint, and this will focus on developing the HR potential of the area, while, at the same time, stemming rampant unemployment. Career and vocational support for students who perform well from marginalized areas is also part of the scheme.
Supplementing the above three, the four other fundamentals in the Vision 2030 MTP for Northern Kenya include the drought and global warming fundamental, natural resources objective, institutional reforms, besides the scientific and technological fundamental.
Arguably, the most tangible milestone of the report by the Ministry is the fact that Northern Kenya communities will receive their support from a devolved unit’s perspective, meaning that civil institutions as well as funding machineries will initiate development at the local level.
Among the fruits of the above realization is the instituting of the new Drought Management Authority, a long-term body that will coordinate policy guidelines and practical measures to combat the onset of famine and other natural calamities whose endemic caustic result is food insecurity.
Indeed, the Minister says that the all-round institution will have a funding basis and will feature a framework for detecting and mobilizing proper response to droughts before they transmute into human crises.