Kenya Economic Report 2017 launch and KIPPRA @20 celebrations

Kenya Economic Report 2017 launch and KIPPRA @20 celebrations

Pomp and colour at Kenya Economic Report 2017 launch and KIPPRA @20 celebrations  at Hotel Intercontinental on 25th July 2017

Pomp and colour at KER 2017 launch and KIPPRA @20 celebrations

 The Kenya Institute for Public Policy Research and Analysis (KIPPRA) hosted a colourful launch of its ninth edition of the Kenya Economic Report (KER) 2017 on July 25 2017. The annual report, which is KIPPRA’s flagship publication and a statutory obligation, analyzes economic performance in key sectors of Kenya’s economy and provides medium term prospects for a three-year period.

Themed: “Sustaining Kenya’s Economic Development by Deepening and Expanding Economic Integration in the Region”, the KER 2017 discusses in detail the prospects of enhancing Kenya’s economic growth and development by exploiting opportunities in regional integration. The 2017 KER launch coincided with KIPPRA’s 20th anniversary, providing an opportunity for staff to reflect and take stock of the institute’s journey thus far. Because of the significance of the launch, a number of former staff were invited, with the most notable being the first KIPPRA Board Chairperson Prof. Francis Gichaga, former Central Bank Governor  Prof. Njuguna Ndung’u and Commission on Revenue Allocation Chairperson Dr Jane Kiringai,. Through his speech, Prof. Gichaga took the guests down memory lane, recounting the events that led to KIPPRA’s formation.

Other guests included the East African Affairs Principal Secretary Ms Betty Maina, chief executive officers, directors, university professors and heads of various government institutions as well the media and other stakeholders.

In her speech, KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi gave a brief background, pointing out some of the key milestones, achievements and challenges the institute had faced in the course of its operations. While commending the Government for its continued support to KIPPRA, Dr Ngugi also thanked partners who have played a key role in the institute’s success. They include Africa Capacity Building, whose representative spoke during the launch.

KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi

To give guests a feel of the KER 2017, KIPPRA policy analysts Benson Kiriga and Dr Christopher Onyango made brief presentations, highlighting sections of the report, including the performance of various sectors of the economy and the dynamics of regional integration.

To reach as many audiences as possible, the report was produced in three versions: The main KER, the popular version and the braille version.

KIPPRA Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, Prof Michael Ndurumo of the University of Nairobi and the first KIPPRA Board Chairman Prof. Francis Gichaga

Before officially launching the report, Economic Planning Secretary Mr Joseph Mukui, who represented the chief guest, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri, read a brief speech. In the speech, the CS congratulated KIPPRA as it marked its 20th anniversary and emphasized the importance of regional integration in Kenya’s development.

Economic Planning Secretary Mr Joseph Mukui

The drawing of curtains to reveal a colourful rotating dummy of the report, a pop of confetti, cheers and claps, camera flashes and a background theme song from the invited choir marked the official launch of the report. This was followed by brief media interviews of the Dr Ngugi and two KIPPRA policy analysts.

KIPPRA policy analyst Benson Kiriga

The second phase of celebrations, which came in the evening, mainly involved speeches from former staff of KIPPRA and the launch of the institute’s new website. Among those who spoke included former Executive Director Dr Eric Alugula and former staff member Dr Kiringai. Each of them recounted their experiences at KIPPRA and shared valuable lessons they have learnt in different spheres of their careers.

Young Professionals 2017 at KIPPRA

The evening ended with a scrumptious dinner.