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29 May 2014 | Gurjit Degun
Young people in Kenya have been urged to take advantage of the government's push to allocate a third of contracts to them.
Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta expressed disappointment that not enough youths, women and people with disability were bidding for public sector contracts, even though the government has said 30 per cent of all deals should go to those minority groups.
Kenyatta was speaking at the State House in Nairobi, where he met members of the National Youth Council.
“It is unfortunate that you have not fully taken advantage of the 30 per cent you have been allocated by government,” he said. “You are currently utilising less than Kshs100 billion (£681 million) of the total annual allocation. If we fully utilised the allocation, we would be able to address some of the unemployment challenges that the country is facing.”
The initiative to allocate 30 per cent of all government procurement to the youth, women and people with disabilities was announced last year.