SPEECH BY H.E. HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H. PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES DURING THE VIRTUAL JOINT LAUNCH OF THE KENYA PROGRAMME FOR COUNTRY PARTNERSHIP (PCP) SELF-STARTER WITH MR. LI YONG, THE DIRECTOR-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT ORGANIZATION (UNIDO) ON 22ND JANUARY, 2021

On January 22, 2021 In Statements and Speeches

Mr. Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO,
Cabinet Secretaries,
Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator,
Distinguished Guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen.

Good morning and Happy New Year to you all!

It gives me great pleasure to launch the Kenya Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) self-starter, jointly with you, Mr. Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

This event marks a milestone in our partnership between Kenya and UNIDO, which is an important step towards accelerating Industrial transformation of Kenya’s economy.

Kenya’s history with UNIDO dates back to June1985 when Kenya became a member of the UNIDO family. Since then, our partnership has continued to grow.

I am happy to note that currently the UNIDO Kenya Field office programme portfolio stands at a grant of slightly over USD. 21. 7million.

Our ongoing joint programme includes the EU-EAC Markets Access Upgrade programme funded at USD 4billion; Generating energy capacity from geothermal power generation funded at USD 4.7million, and Sustainable conversion of waste into clean energy to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions, amounting to USD 11million.

As a country, we appreciate this support by UNIDO; it resonates well with my Administration’s manufacturing pillar of the Big Four Agenda.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We chose manufacturing sector because of its huge potential to attract investment, create employment and export expansion, stimulate agricultural sector growth, and provide forward and backward linkages to all other sectors of the economy.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is important to underscore that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) the global community set in the 2030 Agenda will require collaboration between countries and organizations. Indeed, it requires the pooling of resources and expertise from various actors.

In recognition of this fact, as a government, we decided to partner and requested UNIDO to support our strategy to stimulate our manufacturing sector. I am pleased that during the 18th Session of the UNIDO General Conference held in Abu Dhabi in November 2019, UNIDO approved Kenya’s request for a Programme for Country Partnership (PCP) as a self-starter.

Kenya opted for this UNIDO’s innovative model, to accelerate inclusive and sustainable Industrial development, having noted its success in other countries that have chosen this path.

Results of successful implementation of the pilot PCP in Ethiopia, Senegal, and Peru have demonstrated the efficacy of UNIDO’s model. The potential contribution of the PCP includes an increased share of the manufacturing sector, food security and improved nutrition and increased domestic and foreign investment.

In Kenya, we anticipate to reap large benefits from the PCP, because of the country’s traditional market-based economy and existing institutional structures for industrial development. I am happy to note that the PCP project is bound to attract more than USD 30billion in manufacturing investments in the next 5 years.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The PCP will support both public and private sector institutions in Kenya to strengthen key elements of industrial productive capacity such as innovation, and technology transfer, industrial financing, industrial knowledge, and skills.

My Administration will implement the PCP using the existing institutional arrangement. The National Development Implementation and Communication Cabinet Committee (NDICCC), which I established in 2019 to oversee implementation of crucial government development programmes and projects will, oversee the implementation of PCP. This is also in line with the UNIDO PCP criteria/requirements of the host country.

I, therefore, direct that the Cabinet Secretaries of the Ministries of Interior and Coordination of National Government; the National Treasury and Planning and the Industrialization, Trade and Enterprise Development, provide necessary guidance on finalization of PCP and mobilization of resources for its implementation.

I am pleased to note that a National Coordinating Committee for the PCP is in place. In addition, I note that with technical support from UNIDO, the finalization of the PCP implementation document is at an advanced stage.

Ladies and Gentlemen,
The success of the PCP depends on close and effective partnership of all stakeholders and the sustained ability to mobilize resources for its implementation. Therefore, I urge you to lobby investors and partners to support implementation of anchor programmes.

In this context, allow me to thank the People’s Republic of China for continued support and for agreeing to collaborate with us as we establish the first anchor project of the Integrated Agro-Industrial Park in Kenya.

To enhance and promote competitiveness and within the PCP model, my Administration will continue to support establishing Industrial Parks and Special Economic Zones that will provide a competitive platform for industrial development. Kenya has the potential to develop Agro-processing facilities in 41 out of 47 Counties. The industrial parks and zones will provide the opportunity for Kenyan goods and products to enter the largest global markets with competitive products.

I am happy to inform you that, today in addition to launching the PCP commencement process, my Administration is officially launching the implementation of the first anchor PCP project: “the Integrated Agro-Industrial Parks (IAIP)” in Nyamira County.
The County has set aside more than 288 acres of land for the park. I invite other interested counties to host similar PCP projects.

Let me close with a note of appreciation to UNIDO for its strong and growing partnership with Kenya. I wish to in particular, thank the Director-General, Mr. Li Yong, who has personally led his technical team to support Kenya through the PCP inception and implementation design process. I look forward to the signing of the comprehensive PCP document within the first quarter of 2021.

With those remarks, it is now my distinguished pleasure to declare the Kenya Programme for Country Partnership, officially launched.

Asanteni Sana.

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