Big Four Agenda How President Uhuru Kenyatta plans to save Kenya's economy

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The head-of-state is banking on four key pillars to power his agenda for five years

play President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has kicked off plans to create 1.3 million manufacturing jobs by 2022 and achieve a 100 per cent health coverage for every Kenyan.

In his inauguration speech last year, the President outlined four key pillars, dubbed the 'Big Four Agenda,' that would drive his economic agenda in his last term. The sectors are job creation through manufacturing, food security, affordable healthcare and housing.

play In his inauguration speech last year, the President outlined four key pillars, dubbed the 'Big Four Agenda,' that would drive his economic agenda in his last term (Courtesy)

 

Uhuru has already met several delegations expected to power his agenda for five years as he seeks to secure his legacy.

And as the country keenly waits for Uhuru to name his full cabinet, here is how his government plans to implement the Big Four Agenda:

1. Food security

  • The government targets to produce 2.76 million bags of maize, potato, rice and feeds in 52,000 acres by the end of this year. It is also targeting 70,000 acres under public-private partnership for the listed crops, cotton, aquaculture and feeds production.
play The government is targeting 70,000 acres under public-private partnership for the crops (such as maize), cotton, aquaculture and feeds production.

 

  • The government aims to establish 1,000 SMEs at production level, provide credit to over 20,000 individual farmers, construct a shipyard and increase domestic fishing fleet by 68 vessels in the Coast.
  •  The Strategic Food Reserve (SFR) is geared for transformation with the government targeting 500,000 bags in 2018.

2. Health care

The Jubilee government  is seeking to increase the number of people with health coverage from 16.53 million to 25.74 million, a figure that will hit 51.57 million — Kenya’s projected population by 2022. To achieve this, it seeks to:

  • Review and amend the National Hospital Insurance Fund Act to align it to the universal health coverage.
play The Jubilee government  is seeking to increase the number of people with health coverage from 16.53 million to 25.74 million, a figure that will hit 51.57 million

 

  • Review the laws governing private insurance companies to encourage investment and bring the cost of cover within the reach of every Kenyan.
  • Expand the Linda Mama programme — its ambitious free maternity care — to mission and private hospitals.

3. Manufacturing

On textile:

play A worker at a textile industry in Kenya
 

  • The government is targeting the development of cotton production using hybrids, which will have three times the production yield and give incentives to investors to build modern ginneries and textile manufacturing plants.

In the leather industry:

  • President Kenyatta targets the production of 20 million shoes by 2022, while increasing export revenue in the industry to Sh50 billion in the next five years.

In agro-processing:

play Uhuru's government plans to support the creation of 1,000 small and medium enterprises
 

  • Uhuru's government plans to support the creation of 1,000 small and medium enterprises and create 200,000 jobs by 2022.

Additionally, Sh100 billion will be pumped in new investments in iron and steel, attract five business process outsourcing (BPO) in telephone, laptop and television assembly plants that it says will attract 10,000 jobs.

4. Housing

Uhuru's government plans to build 500,000 affordable homes in all major cities by 2022. To enable this, it plans to:

  • Reduce corporate tax for developers constructing at least 400 units per year and establish the National Social Housing Development Fund to provide funds.
play Uhuru's government plans to build 500,000 affordable homes in all major cities by 2022

 

  • Create the Kenya Homes Refinance Company — a wholesale financial institution to issues bonds in the local capital markets.
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