The Third Medium Term Plan (MTP III) was officially launched on Friday 23rd November 2018 by H.E Deputy President William Ruto at the KICC. NCPD was represented by the Director Technical Services, Mr Nyakwara and Wambui Kungu from the Planning Unit.
MTP III is the current 5 Year Plan to implement the third cycle of Kenya’s transformative agenda towards achieving Vision 2030. It runs from 2018-2022 under the theme ‘ Transforming Lives: Advancing Socio-Economic Development Through the Big Four’
MTP III PRIORITY AREAS
The MTP III outlines the main policies, legal and institutional reforms as well as programmes and projects that the Government plans to implement during the plan period. It gives priority to implementation of the “Big Four” initiatives as follows;
- Increase the manufacturing share in the economy from 9.2% to 15%
- Provide affordable housing by building 500,000 affordable houses across the country in the five year period
- Enhance Food and Nutrition Security (FNS) through irrigation projects, construction of food storage facilities and implementation of high impact nutritional projects
- Achieve 100% universal health coverage.
HIGHLIGHTS OF H.E WILLIAM RUTO’S SPEECH
In his speech, Hon. Ruto hailed the document as a blueprint of ideas that would take Kenya to the next level in social and economic development by building on the achievements of the first and second MTPs. 28 Sector plans were also launched covering the different areas of the economy.
The Deputy President directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to align their strategic plans, work plans and budgets to the MTP III as resource allocation would be guided by it going forward. He noted public servants would be expected to take full responsibility for success or failure to achieve the set targets.
There would be disseminations and sensitizations in January and February 2019 to make sure all officers had a common approach to the implementation while monitoring will be continuous to ensure targets would be achieved.
He warned there would be no room for wastage of scarce resources and that effectiveness and efficiency would be the watch words for the plan. He urged all Kenyans to embrace the plan and take part in the journey to transform their lives.
There are new focus areas in MTP III namely;
Blue economy which refers to using resources from the ocean for economic growth, disaster risk management which aims to reduce the damage caused by natural hazards like earthquakes, floods, droughts
Public investment management which calls for project planning, selection, budgeting, implementation, completion, reporting, monitoring, evaluation to ensure value for money and efficient use of public resources only those projects that meet the national goals.
Some of the achievements he outlined from MTP II are;
- Improved child health
- Increase in deliveries attended by skilled health workers
- Expanded National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) coverage
- Stable economic growth of 5.6 %
- Review of the education system
- Review of the constitution
Other guests at the launch were Henry Rotich, the Cabinet Secretary at The National Treasury and Planning, Hon. Kimani Ichung’wa, Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee in parliament and Dr. Julius Muia, Principal Secretary, State Department of Planning among other senior government officers.
Rev. Canon Karanja, NCPD Board member receiving the MTP III document
The NCPD choir was honoured to compose and present the theme song.
NCPD Choir presenting the theme song
For more details contact Wambui Kungu on firstname.lastname@example.org