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It will also focus on human capital development programmes in the education, water, sanitation, nutrition, hygiene, HIV/AIDs and social protection among other areas of national priority.
Speaking after witnessing the historic signing and launching of the multi-billion shillings development assistance framework at State House, Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta appreciated the continued support to the country’s economic development agenda in line with the Vision 2030 strategy.
“Indeed, our cooperation with you has grown over the years and has contributed greatly to the improvement in the living standards of our people,” he said.
He challenged those charged with implementation of the development programmes to deliver within the set timeframe.
“I wish to make it clear that our people’s expectations are very high and as such we cannot afford any lagged behaviour,” the President said.
He added: “We shall hold you, the implementing Agencies, accountable for the delivery of service funded under this programme.”
The President commended the U.N Agencies for adopting the “Delivery as One” approach which is intended to ensure that the support by U.N. agencies is aligned to Kenya’s aspirations and development priorities.
President Kenyatta said the targeted activities in the productive sector are aimed at improving business environment, skills development and promoting job creation.
As the country moves towards reaching the middle income status by 2030 or earlier, the President emphasized the Jubilee Government’s determination to succeed in making Kenya a globally competitive and prosperous nation.
He said already the Second Medium Term Plan that covers the 2013 – 2017 period has been launched, noting that it is the second five-year plan linked to the implementation of the development agenda as stipulated in the Vision 2030 strategy.
The President exuded optimism that the ongoing Government efforts would enable the country to overcome the challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment among young people.
“I am convinced that with additional resources being channelled to strengthen key institutions, leadership and human resource capacity and effective accountability systems, at both the national and county levels, we will be on our way to winning the battle of extreme poverty and inequality in our country,” the President said.
UN Resident Coordinator, Ms. Nardos Bekele-Thomas, said the launch of UNDAF by the President at State House was historic in the development cooperation between the UN and the Government of Kenya.
“We are profoundly honoured Your Excellency, for this testimony of commitment to the ideals and values of the United Nations,’ Ms. Bekele -Thomas said.
She said the occasion was also unprecedented because for the first time four UN Under-Secretary Generals witnessed the signing of the UNDAF, adding that the World Bank and the IMF were, for the first time in Kenya, as signatories to the UNDAF.
Saying the current UNDAF is a direct by-product of Kenya’s long-term development aspirations, the UN Resident Coordinator disclosed that the formulation of the instrument was a result of extensive and rigorous consultations with Government authorities at national and county levels, the Judiciary, Parliament, Commissions, the private sector, civil society and development partners.
“It is truly an instrument for use as a common framework for collaborative and concerted development assistance designed to make a difference in the lives of Kenyans, especially the marginalized and the poor, by fostering inclusive and sustainable long-term development,” the UN Resident Coordinator said.
Speaking during the occasion, Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary, Ms. Anne Waiguru, urged the UN to tailor its programmes so that more of the funds would be directed to development programmes instead of humanitarian activities as has happened in the past.
During the last programming cycle (2009-2013), the total programme delivery of United Nations Funds and Programmes in Kenya was close to $3bn (Kshs. 258bn).
70% of that amount went to humanitarian activities, in response to emergencies and crises while only 30% (Kshs. 86bn) went to medium and long-term development programmes.
National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Finnish Ambassador to Kenya, Sofie From-Emmesberger also addressed the occasion.