- In 2008, Kenya launched a blueprint for long-term economic development that included Vision 2030, which demonstrated Kenya’s ambitions.
- In order for Kenya to be able to attract more infrastructure investments, especially from the private sector, we need to start long-term infrastructure planning aimed at establishing a national infrastructure strategy.
Infrastructure investments, if well managed, have an enormous positive multiplier effect on an economy. During the G7 meeting in Cornwall in June 2021, the US President reiterated the importance of infrastructure investments in stimulating economic growth.
President Joe Biden pushed for positive global action, Build Back Better World (B3W), an infrastructure partnership that aims to reduce infrastructure funding needs of more than $ 40 trillion in developing countries.
In 2008, Kenya released a blueprint for long-term economic development with Vision 2030, which demonstrates Kenya’s ambitions to be an industrialized, middle-income country with a high quality of life for all citizens by 2030.
While infrastructure was identified as one of the main economic drivers under the economic pillar of the vision, very limited information was provided about the long-term plan.
The lack of a long-term infrastructure strategy that guides the selection, funding mechanism, standards, implementation and management of these projects is the missing link that hinders the timely implementation of the plan.
In order for Kenya to be able to attract more infrastructure investments, especially from the private sector, we need to start long-term infrastructure planning aimed at establishing a national infrastructure strategy.
The strategy is intended to help identify the long-term infrastructure pipeline, the financing strategy and the definition of construction and implementation standards.
The infrastructure planning process should involve federal and provincial governments, contracting authorities, government agencies, relevant ministries and all other key stakeholders, including the public.
The aim of this exercise is to develop a networked, prioritized, time-bound, climate and technology-intelligent infrastructure project pipeline that will lead the country to achieve the long-term vision.