Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani has said that implementation of the Big Four Agenda remains a high priority and critical to economic recovery.
The Treasury allocated President’s Uhuru Kenyatta legacy projects Sh142.1 billion, lower than last year’s allocation.
However, the CS said that just like any government project, the government has allocated funds to the big four to ensure their successful and timely competition.
“We are also looking at the continuous implementation of the big 4 agenda because the agenda was not a one-year event. It was a programme that we planned and budgeted over three years- over the mediums term,” he said.
Presenting the 2021/2022 budget, Yatani outlined strategies that the government will use to enhance Big 4 agenda implementation.
According to Yatani, the government will enhance cash transfers to support the food and nutrition security, achieve universal health care, provide affordable housing and support growth of the manufacturing sector for job creation.
“To achieve a resilient and sustainable economic recovery, the Government will ;maintain a micro-economic stability and enhance security to foster secure and conducive business environment and security of Kenyans and their properties,” he stated.
The government is to also scale up the development of critical infrastructure in the country such as roads, rail, energy and water to reduce the cost of doing business and ease movement of people and goods as well as promoting competitiveness.
Additionally, the government will also enhance investment in key economic sectors for broad base sustainable recovery by promoting Agricultural transformation, growth in manufacturing and environmental conservation and water supply stimulating tourism recovery and sustainable land use and management.
“Expand access to quality social services in health, education un appropriate social safetiness for the vulnerable population,” he added.
“Support the youth women and persons leaving with disability through government funded empowerment programmes that leverages on partnership with the private sector organisations.”
The government will also support county governments through transfer of sharable revenues to strengthen their systems and capacity in delivery Implement various policy legal and institutional reforms to enhance efficiency in public service delivery.