The Key Note address was delivered by the Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender, on behalf of H.E. the President, Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta. He thanked Kenyans for acknowledging that public service remuneration policy and practice has critical implications on the country’s development, and that the size of the wage bill has an impact on the performance of the national economy and the quality of life of the citizens.
In his speech, the President lauded SRC for defending the country’s’ public wage bill which has reduced wage bill as a percentage of revenue from 57.33% to 48.1% from 2013/2014 to 2018/2019. At the same time, he challenged SRC to make resolutions that would ensure public sector wage bill is sustainable while enhancing productivity and quality of work.
On behalf of the County Governments, the Chairperson, Council of Governors Hon. Wycliffe Oparanya received the resolutions and challenged Kenya as country to implement the resolutions. “We are good at making resolutions, the problem is implementation. I hope all leaders who are here are committed to execute and improve on these resolutions,” he stated.
The conference resolutions were prepared by various actors among them Head of Public Service; Council of Governors; The National Treasury; Ministry of Public Service, Youth & Gender; Ministry of Labour & Social Protection; Ministry of Health; Salaries and Remuneration Commission; Public Service Commission; Teachers Service Commission; Commission on Revenue Allocation; Office of Controller of Budget; Kenya Institute of Public Policy Research and Analysis; Intergovernmental Relations Technical Committee (IGRTC) Intergovernmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC). The resolutions are as follows: