With nearly 40 million mobile phone subscriptions in Kenya,our country’s mobile phone penetration is at agigantic 90 percent. At a moderate average of about Kshs 5,000 per phone, we Kenyans have spent about Kshs. 200 billion on purchasing mobile phones in the last couple of years. Because of these handsets in our hands, we are transacting incredible amounts.
Waste is Africa’s big elephant in the room. It is the eyesore that we often gloss over. Nevertheless, waste shouldn’t be an eyesore and we shouldn’t sweep it under the rug. Trash is literary treasure. A Kenya Private Sector Alliance Association (KEPSA) official powerfully drove this point homein a presentation that he recently made during a National Environment Management Authority (NEMA)-organised Gala Dinner on enhanced solid waste in Kenya.
We Kenyans are rightfully proud that our country has hosted key meetings of global significance in the last couple of years. They range from Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit to the recently concluded Africa Green Revolution Forum. Meetings of such magnitude undoubtedly leave unmatched short-term economic footprints in the country.
Asthe head of a firm that was involved in organizing the recent TICAD meeting that brought together Japanese leaders, African leaders and private sector players from the two regions, I know firsthand how these meetings inject the much needed cash into our economy.
If we Kenyans ate as much fish as we devour beef, thousands more of us would smile all the way to the bank and millions would be healthier. As white meat with less saturated fat than red meat, fish is healthier. But it can also lead to healthier wallets because Kenya’s potential for aquaculture is a whopping 1.4 million hectares. This can produce more than 750,000 tonnes worth KES250 billion.
Africa covers 30,221,000 sqkm which can fit the United States of America into it at least three times. Similarly, China, India, USA and most of Europe can all fit into Africa!
Clearly, when it comes to size, we are the superpower of the world. Why then is our massive continent still lumped in the ‘third world’ category? Answers to these questions can fill encyclopedias. But a phrase that captures one of the key reasons that continues to shackle Africa is – unsustainable land management. Our enormous land can be the source of wealth only if we embrace sustainable land management as opposed to putting so much effort to land ownership.
A few weeks ago, Solar Energy stunned the world by exclusively powering a plane for forty thousand kilometers. This stunning achievement was a vindication of solar energy as a powerful force that literally transform the way we move and do business. It was a memorable fete that was achieved by the Solar Impulse team led by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg a doctor and engineer respectively.