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Kenya economy to record higher growth, says IMF

By IMF Staff

Rising domestic and foreign investment are set to boost economic activity in Kenya. All sectors except agriculture likely to record improvement this yearAll sectors except agriculture likely to record improvement this year

This as the central African country reaps rewards of extensive institutional reforms and prudent macroeconomic policy, the IMF staff said.

Mothers and children do not need to die from preventable diseases, says Margaret Kenyatta

By Margaret Kenyatta

For them women, the experience of childbirth is one filled with fear, pain, sorrow and even death.Mrs Kenyatta says women and children should get better access to health careMrs Kenyatta says women and children should get better access to health care Should they survive the delivery, they are frightened that their baby is going to die, that their baby will not make it past the first few weeks of its life or even their first day. It breaks my heart knowing that these mothers and children do not have to suffer or die.

Equip students with relevant skills, World Bank chief challenges African universities

By Makhtar Diop

More than 50 percent of the population of sub-Saharan Africa is younger than 25 years of age, and every year for the next decade we expect 11 million African youth to enter the job market. Some skills offered at African universities are poorSome skills offered at African universities are poor

This so-called demographic dividend offers a tremendous opportunity for Africa to build a valuable base of human capital that will serve as the engine for the economic transformation of our continent.

Plants expert calls for compliance of food safety standards

By James Onsando

Horticulture is among the leading contributors to Kenya’s agricultural GDP at 36 per cent. The sector is growing at between 15 and 20 per cent per year, employing over six million Kenyans directly and indirectly. Stringent standards set by importers abroad hurting sectorStringent standards set by importers abroad hurting sector

Of the total horticultural production, about 95 per cent is consumed or utilized locally, while the remaining 5 per cent is exported.

Accounting body welcomes new public sector accounting standards board

By Benson Okundi

On 28 February 2014, the National Treasury Cabinet secretary, in accordance with the Public Finance Management Act, made appointments to the Public Sector Accounting Standards Board. Treasury Chief Henry Rotich appointed standards boardTreasury Chief Henry Rotich appointed standards board

We congratulate the minister for actualizing the requirements of the Act by consulting the board.

Central bank working to create safe havens for saving, says Prof Ndung’u

By Prof Njuguna Ndung’u

During the launch of the Third National FinAccess 2013 Survey, the government recognised the important role played by the financial system in the economy.CBK policies must create safe environment for saversCBK policies must create safe environment for savers

Our vision 2030 envisages the financial sector being transformed into an innovative, vibrant and globally competitive sector to drive high levels of savings to finance the country`s investment needs.

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