Analysts push for Vision 2030 review
Posted Monday, April 5 2010 at 00:00
A forum called to discuss a report on the implementation of Vision 2030 ended with calls for its reworking.
According to economists, the indicators used were not standardised and could not be understood by most Kenyans.
Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (Kippra) recommended the improvement of the indicators of achievements of Vision 2030 to enable better planning of upcoming projects.
Kippra executive director Moses Ikiara said under the current arrangement there was no consensus on the achievements of Vision 2030 since the data sources were not standard.
Ministries were not speaking with the same voice leading to conflicting conclusions.
He said that Kippra had begun to work on such indicators but realised that it needed to work with other bodies such as government ministries in order to be realistic.
Mr Antony Kilele, the director general of the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, said there was need to revise some aspects of the vision such as the flagship projects whose objectives were unclear and could even lead to under-development.
He gave the example of the doubling of vehicles of the road with the economic growth of between 2004 and 2007 but this only caused congestion on the roads in Nairobi this has nearly ground the city to a halt.
They were addressing a workshop called at KICC to validate an annual report on the progress made with regard to implementing Vision 2030.
Some participants were of the view that the report should not be published because the actual achievements were unclear until proper indicators were developed.
Addressing the same forum, Planning permanent secretary Dr Edward Sambili however said that the indicators for tracking implementation of Vision 2030 were developed through a consultative process involving all line ministries.
But he acknowledged that it was evident that some ministries had earlier omitted critical activities which were under implementation within their areas when they first submitted their progress reports.
He said that reporting is currently progressing so that it is undertaken every three months as efforts are made to improve this to monthly reporting.
“This will also reduce delays and bottlenecks faced by implementing agencies in the current reporting framework where reports are prepared and submitted at the end of the year,” said Dr Sambili.