Nairobi County will have a comprehensive long term master plan by the end of the year to steer it towards a modern economy, Governor Evans Kidero assured investors yesterday.
He said the county executive committee and Japan International Cooperation Agency are working on the 50-year metropolis plan aimed at addressing the various socio-economic challenges facing the five-million people capital.
"Our plan goes beyond national vision 2030 so as to tackle problems of 2060s when population would be between 13 and 15 million," he told a breakfast meeting hosted by Kenya Private Sector Alliance in Nairobi. "Our vision is to have a true commercial centre with an efficient and reliable infrastructure network."
Amendments to existing "outdated" legislative and policy framework and new laws were being worked on to ensure the plan is implemented and achieves its goals, he said.
A bill to decongest the city of vehicular traffic by re-introducing inter-city buses was ready, he disclosed, adding that 14-seater matatus would also be faced out next year, paving way for licensing of matatus with a minimum of 33 seats then 50-seaters in 2017 for 50-seater buses.
"We want a city that delivers services with unwavering discipline," Kidero said. "We may not do it in two-three years but we are ready, willing, determined and committed to work with Kepsa and neighbouring counties in creating an enabling environment that makes returns for businesses and jobs for youth."
Kepsa cited inter-linked challenges of poor infrastructure network, insecurity, unemployment , inadequate housing and poor governance as slowing the capital's march to a financial, communication and transport hub for Africa.