The people are the greatest resource and must never be taken for granted or as a burden as it appears to be. It is estimated that 63% of Kenyans are not gainfully employed. This means that this population is either totally unemployed or their income does not meet their basic needs. This is the main reason why Kenya is labeled ‘a begging nation’ where harambee has moved from community pulling together, to, fundraisers to meet personal needs. The role of the government is not to provide employment but to create an enabling environment for all sectors of the economy to create employment through increased investment. Our goal is to create policies and systems that will enable creation of gainful employment opportunities for all Kenyans by 2017. This long-term objective will encourage establishment of industries at district and divisional levels while encouraging foreign investment. A FORD–Asili government would, in this way raise employment rate to 85% by 2022.
Our priority will be to put in place national infrastructure for development of skills, science, regulation and planning, transport and communication. We will particularly prioritize information and communication technology (ICT)- based enterprises. This is the economy of the future, to be based on knowledge, innovation, creativity and efficient communication.