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Kenya GDP Growth by Over 10% is Achievable via Sustainable Requirements by Kenya Constitution!
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the monetary measure of the total goods and services produced in a country at a given year. Kenya today is recorded at a GDP of $50 billion (Kshs 4.5 trillion.) A recent report from World Bank estimates the Kenya GDP growth to each 7% this year and the next three years. The question that still remain unanswered is: Can Kenya achieve over 10% GDP growth as per vision 2030 goal?
Kenya GDP growth by over 10% is achievable. The sure way to achieve this growth is to ensure that where Kenya constitution requires a sustainable point or level be achieved then the sustainable point or level be achieved.
Kenya Constitution first use of the word, “Sustainable,” is in article 10 (2) “The national values and principles of governance include–– (d) sustainable development.” Our world, as created is anchored on the sustainability principle. The human body is the most advanced sustainable system. In a nation the growth of population calls for continuous achieving the right sustainable development to cater for this population growth. This can be achieved by more debates as bills are established in the legislative and passed.
The second and third use of word, “Sustainable,” appears is Kenya Constitution article 60. (1) “Land in Kenya shall be held, used and managed in a manner that is equitable, efficient, productive and sustainable and in accordance with the following principles— (c) sustainable and productive management of land resources.” Sustainable here is used in the context of achieving sustainable land holding acres, sustainable land usage and sustainable land management. The responsibility of this mainly rests with County Governments. If each of the 47 counties passed the right bills that enable sustainable in land holding, usage and management the GDP would grow by an additional 10% anchored by land.
The forth use of the word, “Sustainable,” is in article 69. (1) “The State shall— (a) ensure sustainable exploitation, utilisation, management and conservation of the environment and natural resources, and ensure the equitable sharing of the accruing benefits.” Every nation is rewarded with a unique environment and natural resources. The right bills that ensure the best value especially during international trade can mean high GDP.
The fifth use of word “Sustainable,” appears in Kenya Constitution article 69. (2) “Every person has a duty to cooperate with State organs and other persons to protect and conserve the environment and ensure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources.” The move to green development is today the best example of ecological sustainable development.
The sixth use of the word, “Sustainable,” in Kenya constitution is found in the responsibility given to the 14 member Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) created by the constitution. 230 (5) “In performing its functions, the Commission shall take the following principles into account— (a) the need to ensure that the total public compensation bill is fiscally sustainable.” The commission is required to achieve a fiscally sustainable pay for public service through vigorous debate by 10 commissioners as they represent 10 sectors (Parliament, Executive, Judiciary, Teachers, Military, Unions, Professionals, Private Sector Businesses, Teacher’s & Police.) In short taxation to pay professional government/public services should not overwhelm the production by private sector through over taxation. Nor should it take away from the development of public roads and utilities.
The seventh sustainable is in Schedule 4 function 22. “Protection of the environment and natural resources with a view to establishing a durable and sustainable system of development, including, in particular— (a) fishing, hunting and gathering; (b) protection of animals and wildlife; (c) water protection, securing sufficient residual water, hydraulic engineering and the safety of dams; and (d) energy policy.”
Achieving the right sustainable levels as required by the constitution could see the economy grow by double digits as production increases, investment increases, taxation as a percentage of GDP decreases and the balance of trade, exports less imports – that is today close to 1 trillion deficit in favor of imports – becomes balanced.