State House hosts youth sum­mit, weighs suc­cess of Ju­bilee

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics -

State House this morn­ing will host a youth sum­mit at a time when the Ju­bilee man­i­festo on job cre­ation is far from be­ing met.

In their man­i­festo, Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta (pic­tured) and Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto promised to cre­ate one mil­lion jobs an­nu­ally, peg­ging most of their hopes on a shift in the pub­lic pro­cure­ment pol­icy to­wards pri­ori­tis­ing lo­cally pro­duced goods.

Ju­bilee also said it would set aside 30 per cent of the govern­ment ten­ders for the youth and women. The Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion had also hoped to gen­er­ate jobs by grow­ing the man­u­fac­tur­ing sec­tor, through tax in­cen­tives and ex­tend­ing grants to the in­ter­na­tional com­pa­nies to es­tab­lish plants. “It is time to take stock of our suc­cesses to see what im­prove­ments are pos­si­ble. That is what to­mor­row’s youth sum­mit is about. It brings to­gether govern­ment and the youth, as well as civil so­ci­ety and the pri­vate sec­tor so that we can all re­flect on our progress,” State House said yes­ter­day.

The state­ment said the Ju­bilee ad­min­is­tra­tion took of­fice at a time when the youth agenda “had never been more im­por­tant”. “In recog­ni­tion of its cen­tral­ity, new poli­cies were made and new pro­grammes launched. We now have the Uwezo Fund and ex­panded op­por­tu­ni­ties for the youth in govern­ment pro­cure­ment,” the state­ment says.

State House said the govern­ment has set aside money for train­ing young peo­ple, while launch­ing new pro­grammes to digi­tise learn­ing and new part­ner­ships with the pri­vate sec­tor.

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