Launch of the Strategic Plan by the Prime Cabinet Secretary (PCS)- Nairobi,27/7/2023
“BLENDING AND BRINGING BACK NATURE TO ITS COURSE”
The Prime Cabinet Secretary His Excellency, Dr. Musalia Mudavadi launched
the Strategic Plan 2023-2027 for the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change
and Forestry, on 27/7/2023 in Nairobi.
During the launch, the PCS announced and emphasized that it will not be business as usual in government when it comes to implementing all the plans. He said that there are no shortcuts this time round to effective and efficient public service delivery. He was categorical that all government entities must comply with the set-out regulations as they serve the citizens of this country adding that the time when government Plans were treated as just ‘Ornamental Documents’ is over.
“We will use your own commitments to judge your relevance because the
government has made promises to Kenyans under the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA), that must be fulfilled,” PCS Mudavadi pronounced.
He added that the government PLANS ranging from Medium Term Plans, Strategic Plans, Performance Contracts all the way down to Individual Work Plans and Individual Targets will be used to assess the performance of each Ministry and its Agencies. Those that will not comply risk being scrapped, declared obsolete and their functions ultimately transferred to other performing entities.
He also pointed out that employment creation for the youths must be taken seriously when planning citing that Kenya has a huge potential in her human capital dividend that can turn around the economic situation of this country to a vibrant economic hub resulting into an upward growth and reporting a higher GDP statistical curve in the shortest time possible.
The PCS stated with appreciation that the government has already employed 2,700
Forest Rangers and that about 4,000 Green Army Officers are to be recruited soon to protect the Kenyan Forests prone to ecosystem degradation from perennial illegal logging by scrupulous and selfish individuals.
Moreover, the 15 Billion Tree Cover Campaign, will also create additional jobs for the youth and women in many other ways. He encouraged youth and women to organize themselves into groups and embark on commercially growing and selling seedlings as their participation in this wave of the Campaign. He also stressed that Fruit Trees should be grown in the homesteads to provide families with nutritional value, good health, and clean environment.
In her remarks during the Strategic Plan launch, the Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry, CS Soipan Tuya, said that the plan mirrors the Ministry’s determination to address pressing issues facing the planet to build a resilient and sustainable environment for the current and future generations. She further explained that the Ministry is aware of the critical role played by the Environment, Climate Change and Forestry Sector in sustaining life, supporting livelihoods, and driving forward the Kenya’s Economic transformative agenda promising that she will spearhead the implementation of the Strategic Plan to ensure that the goals there in are fully attained.
On his part, the Economic Planning Principal Secretary, Mr. James Muhati, shed light to the fact that Strategic Planning process creates a platform to make sure that organizations clearly define their blue print of action aimed at achieving either their long term or short-term goals.
PS Muhati observed that The National Treasury and Economic Planning Ministry developed and issued the 5th Generation Strategic Plans Guidelines to ensure that the procedures for the development of Strategic Plans in the Public Sector are uniform and conform to the preparation process which entails initiation, development, validation and finalization. The Guidelines were also developed to align the public sector organizations to the transformative national development aspirations as espoused in the Fourth Medium Term Plan 2023 – 2027 which is aligned to Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda (BETA).
Also, in attendance were; the Principal Secretaries in the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change and Forestry; Development Partners, Civil Society Organizations representatives among other invited dignitaries.