Kenya launches population framework for sustainable growth

NAIROBI (Xinhua), June 6 – Kenya launched a framework on Thursday that will guide the implementation and sustainability of the country’s population programs.

Njuguna Ndung’u said, during the launch of the policy in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, that it would give the East African nation a unified and responsive direction in addressing population growth and economic growth.

“Population growth should be in sync with the available resources and goals for development. Rapid population growth can be problematic for any nation. If the population grows faster that the economy, problems like dependency will arise.

He noted that the framework titled “Kenya National Population Policy for Sustainable Development” would guide the nation to tackle the population growth in accordance with its economic blueprint Vision 2030 and Africa’s Agenda 2063, as well as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Between 1999 and 2009, Kenya’s population grew by about 3 percent a year. This dropped to 2 percent from 2009 to 2019. Kenya is therefore on the right track, as the population growth should not exceed the growth in the real economy.

Kenya’s population is currently around 50 million and will grow to 57.8 millions by 2030 according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

Ndung’u stated that the youth make up 29 percent of population. Their numbers have grown much faster, from 3.2 millions in 1989 to 13.2 million in 2019, and are expected to reach 19 million by 2035.

James Muhati said that the framework will help harness the potential of our population and adopt a forward-looking plan.

According to the World Bank, Kenya’s economy will grow 5.6 percent by 2023. This is up from 4.9 percent growth in 2022. It is also expected to grow by 5 percent in the year 2024.

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