By Mercy Nduati

The Africa Development Bank has approved a five-year Sh 79.2 billion financing deal for Kenya to increase economic empowerment through job creation.

The funding between 2014 and 2018 targets programmes in tertiary education and infrastructure development. The designed Country Strategy Paper (CSP) outlines two main pillars; first to enhance the physical infrastructure like roads and energy to bring out an inclusive growth. Second to develop skills for the emerging labour market for Kenya’s transforming economy.

“Investing in energy, transport and water will enhance access to affordable and reliable electricity; improve transport connectivity, reduce transport cost and time to enhance access to reliable water supply later stimulate structural transformation and generate employment,” said Gabriel Negatu,AFDB Regional Director for Eastern Africa.

The second pillar will offer Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in efforts to develop mid –level skills of technicians and artisans for current and emerging labour market in Kenya and across the region.

Enrollment in TVET targets post primary and secondary school graduates in the age between 15 and 30 years and will offer apprenticeship programmes and training focused on developing skills needed in infrastructure like roads, energy, water and ICT.

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