Ever since I was a child I have had this instinctive urge for expansion and growth. In 21st century, things are changing fast and what we do will have positive or negative effect on the next generation. But for many nations, especially third world countries like my home country, a successful economic development strategy must focus on improving the skills of the area’s workforce, reducing the cost of doing business and availing resources that businesses needs to compete and thrive in today’s global economy. Here are some questions to ponder on?
What is the role of education in development?
In today’s world, education is almost a necessity. It is one of the most important investments a country can make in its people and its future. Education is critical to reducing poverty and inequality. If all students in low income countries left school with basic reading skills, 200 million people will be lifted out of poverty. My inclination is that education encourages transparency, good governance, stability and helps fight against graft. Canada is the country with highest literacy rate in the world that is almost 51.3%. Canadian government spends a sufficient amount of their GDP almost 6.6% in education sector. I would love to know what percentage of Kenyan GDP is used in education sector. Education is directly related to the overall good or bad performance of the country.
How much corruption is in the government?
Corruption, embezzlement, fraud, these are characteristic which are bloated and infested in our government. It is regrettably the way human nature functions, whether we like it or not. What successful economies do is to keep it to minimum. I feel Kenya has not done enough to fight corruption and it is high time we play our role as citizen to stop this monster. A good start is to stop paying bribes to get services or jobs. Kenyan government should also play its role, by litigating its corrupt officials. It is time we see that justice is not all blind.
Who are the biggest employers, and what kind of business or industries do they run?
Companies like G4S, Old Mutual Kenya, DHL world Express Kenya Ltd to mention but a few are some of the biggest employers in Kenya. Some of the metrics that might have been used may include market share and revenues. In order for us to realize our potential it is important that we develop more companies which have long term objectivity. This may be in technology sector, manufacturing industries and others. This will support our growing population and supplement already existing companies.
Are the jobs provided by the biggest employers likely to remain stable in the long term?
Industries like technology have a tendency of changing with time. Some of the employers have long term stable job while others don’t. Through education we can train people to be able to work with future technology. Today you might be using access as your primary databases but tomorrow you will need Mysql or oracle. We need to adapt to change.
How efficient is the police force or equivalent law enforcement system?
In Kenya, we rely on police for security. Our police force is not reliable due to a number of reason. One, they are poorly paid and that lead to corruption. Second, living conditions are bad and this affect their performance. If Kenya government can work on those two reason, it will boost morale of the police officers. Security is paramount, it promote development of industries like tourism and investors will find safe haven in Kenya.
We should plant hard-work, honest and freedom to benefit the next generation. What is your contribution to development?