The Jubilee administration ushered in the new year with promises of ensuring landmark projects are fast-tracked to fulfil its election pledges.
In his message, President Uhuru Kenyatta said major infrastructure projects such as the standard gauge railway, Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (Lapsset) and Konza Techno City are ongoing.
He said the government had put measures in place to reduce the cost of doing business to attract local and international investors.
Mr Kenyatta said the government had spearheaded power generation projects that have seen a significant reduction in the cost of electricity by 30 per cent.
EXPANSION OF AIRPORT
“We rehabilitated and expanded the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, and broke ground on the long-awaited Konza Tech City. In addition, the expansion of our road transport infrastructure is proceeding in earnest,” said the President.
Mr Kenyatta is confident of increased foreign investment, saying that last year saw a good number of multinational corporations making Kenya their centre of operation.
“The success of the Euro Bond as well as expansion of the capital markets demonstrates the confidence investors have in our future prosperity.
“Furthermore, the transformation of the parastatal sector will positively turn around Kenya’s investment climate and my administration will continue to make deliberate efforts to encourage this trend,” he said.
Mr Kenyatta assured Kenyans of major improvement on his pet project — the Huduma Centres — adding that e-citizen services will be expanded to reach every part of the county.
IMPROVE HEALTH SERVICES
He said programmes are also being implemented to improve delivery of health, education and agricultural services.
“In addition, my administration is implementing other reforms aimed at creating more jobs, further reducing the cost of living as well as doing business, enhancing Kenya’s competitiveness and contributing towards improving the quality of life.
“Farmers will have access to inputs, mechanisation and extension services to make Kenya food secure. Electricity connection will be expanded to every primary school in the country,” he said.
Mr Kenyatta said deliberate effort are being made to develop legislation to guide and regulate oil, gas and minerals exploration to ensure that wealth becomes a source of prosperity for all Kenyans.
“We continue to discover deposits of oil, gas, coal, iron ore and rare earth minerals across the country. My administration is committed to ensure that this wealth becomes a source of prosperity for the current and future generations.
“In this regard, we have finalised drafting laws to guide and regulate exploration, utilisation and value addition of these resources. This is because this God-given wealth must never become a curse to our people,” added the President.
He pointed out the successes in transforming the National Youth Service noting that the year 2014 saw the service re-engineered, to ensure that the youth are equipped with the appropriate skills, competencies, values and work ethics.
“In 2015, my administration will accelerate the progress we have made since our inauguration nearly two years ago,” he said.
Mr Kenyatta promised more welfare for the vulnerable.