SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY HON. UHURU KENYATTA, C.G.H., PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA DURING THE LAUNCH OF IBM RESEARCH LAB AT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY, NAIROBI, 8
Good Morning,Ladies and Gentlemen,I am pleased to join you this morning at this important occasion. I consider the occasion important because it dovetails very well with my Government’s agenda of transforming Kenya, in line with our ision !"#" $lueprint, to join the league of middle income countries. Let me ta%e this early opportunity to most sincerely than% I$M &orporation for choosing Kenya as a location for your '!
Laboratory globally. (e do not ta%e this gesture for granted. )our decision to locate this investment in Kenya is, indeed, a vote of confidence in our country as an investment destination of choice. I also wish to than% the &atholic *niversity of +astern frica for providing the land on which this Laboratory is hosted. )our commitment to building strategic partnerships for e-cellence in research, science and technology is indeed welcome.Ladies and Gentlemen,ver the last ten years or so, we as a country have made commendable progress towards con/uering disease, illiteracy and hunger, which have been the main goals of our development agenda.(e have done well in most health indicators on account of the investment we have underta%en in promoting healthcare0 and this has also been the case with respect to education where the number of school1going children joining primary schools increased dramatically following adoption of free primary education policy in !""#.2owever, despite this progress challenges still remain that re/uire serious and bold actions by the Government, wor%ing, of course, with the private sector which we consider the engine of growth of our economy. 3overty remains a major problem with more than fourty percent of our people living under one *4 5ollar per day. 6he problem of unemployment, particularly among our youth is still a major problem.(e therefore need to grow our economy by not less than '"7 on average annually for a number of years if we are going to defeat these challenges of poverty, on a lasting basis. 6his is why my dministration has committed