President Uhuru Kenyatta presided over the launch of the Second Medium Term Plan (2013-2017). The function was held on 3rdOctober, 2013 at the KICC. The Second Medium Term Plan (2013-2017) under the theme Transforming Kenya: Pathway to Devolution, Socio-economic Development, Equity and National Unity will guide government development for the next five years. The government will deliver this by implementing targeted interventions for faster attainment of benefits to Kenyans. The comprehensive document lists implementation of the Population Policy for National Development as a Flagship Programme whose priority projects include: advocacy on population issues, public education, population policy analysis and research, improving capacity for management of population programmes and strengthening partnerships on population and development.
Ms Ann Waiguru, Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning observed that the MTP II aims at tightening the link between government priorities, planning and budgeting. The president also presided over the signing ceremony of 2013-2014 Performance Contracts between Government and Cabinet Secretaries. During the signing ceremony, President Uhuru Kenyatta reiterated that his Government will soon introduce a framework to reward good performance and sanction lethargy in the public service. “The Public Service Commission will soon finalize the Framework for Rewards and Sanctions Policy for Public Officers that will be applied in the scheme of reward and sanctions that I have referred to. Henceforth, promotions and retention of public officers will be based on demonstrable performance using the framework’s criteria. Once this framework is implemented we will have completed the loop linking planning, budgetary resource allocation and objective evaluation of results.’’
The NCPD Staff Choir entertained guests during the launch of the MTP II which brought together representatives from Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, the Forth Estate, the UN, Ambassadors, County Governors, Members of Parliament (Senate and national Assembly), Nongovernmental Organizations and other invited guests .