Sunday, July 10, 2016

Why Asia is eating everyone's lunch.

Facts, Statistics & Observations: Why Asia is eating everybody's lunch. Speaking before the MBA students at Stanford University, the former World Bank President, James Wolfensohn, highlights some very interesting facts, statistics & observations on dramatic changes that have been happening in the world and their consequences on each continent. The most notable observation that he makes is that Asia, specifically China and India are eating everyone's lunch and the rest of the world seems helpless in terms of finding counteracting measures that can reverse this trend. After the industrial revolution that put the USA and Europe on top of the world as far as GDP is concerned, Asia moved strategically to put in place political and economic structures that would make her competitive and attract industries. The measures taken and the structures put in place worked tremendously and within two decades the manufacturing industry has moved from the USA and Europe to Asia. The Service industry has also moved to Asia. And more recently the Technological industry has moved to Asia too. Unless something drastic happens China and India alone are going to have 50% of the world's GDP by the year 2050. Their per capita income will be about $50,000 to 80,000 compared to Africa's which will be at $2,000 to $3,000. To make matters worse, the population of Africa will have grown by about 2 billion people compared to the population of the USA which is projected to grow by only 150 million people within the same period of time. At present the developed world has only 1/6 of the world's population yet it harbors 80% of the world's income. The developing world, Africa included, has 5/6 of the world's population yet only has 20% of the world's income. To make matters worse, 90% of the wealth in the developing world is owned and controlled by only 10% of the population there. The rest of the world, especially the developing world, needs to learn a lot from Asia and take drastic measures to change its political and economic governance structures so as to infuse confidence in local and foreign investors who will in turn help to boost the economic sectors that need to grow for the GDP to grow too. Question: What can the USA do bring back her industries? Please don't give us the same tired lines that politicians give. NB: Still mulling over this & input is welcome. GB.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

CORD gets support on calls for IEBC commissioners to vacate office.

– The calls by the CORD for reconstituting of IEBC have received a boost after Kenyans in the diaspora joined to demand the same.

– The Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) also wants the CORD and Jubilee to sit and sort out their differences amicably.

Kenyans in the diaspora have called upon the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials to vacate office as demanded by the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD).

Through a statement wired to newsrooms, the Kenyans through their alliance, the Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA), has said that it is irked by the recent developments where violence broke out when the CORD called upon its supporters to protest against the IEBC.

We call for cross-board consensus in seeking a legal, civilized, fair and acceptable solution to the current stalemate.

KDA blames IEBC for the developments, saying the commissioners should put the country ahead of their personal interests.
We especially call upon the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) and its secretariat to soul search and put the greater good of the country before self.

IEBC is the one in the eye of the storm and the single trigger of the current violence. IEBC’s mishandling of the BVR kits that led to bungled 2013 elections and disputed results, allegations of dizzying levels of corruption against the commissioners, and their blatant disregard for constitutional and legal electoral provisions to favour preferred candidates and political parties have collectively rendered the continued presence of some of the commissioners in office anachronistic.
The constitution provides that any Kenyan above the age of 18 years, including those in the diaspora, may register to vote. Kenyan courts of competent jurisdiction have ordered the IEBC to register Kenyans in the diaspora to enable them to participate in general and presidential elections, but the IEBC has ignored the constitutional provisions on the voting rights of diaspora Kenyans and defied court orders on the same.
There are constitutional provisions regarding how the IEBC can be disbanded. However, constitutional and legal provisions do not preclude honourable actions of principle, and time comes when honour must transcend constitutional and legal provisions. It is also critical that the government too thoroughly, swiftly and fairly investigate various allegations of impropriety against adversely mentioned individual commissioners so that those found culpable can face the full force of law to send out a stern warning that Kenyans can no longer tolerate unethical conduct of government officers or their abuse of office.”

Written by Edward Chweya
Tuko News

Monday, May 09, 2016

Kenyan Diaspora Pro-democracy Movement: Dr. EKURU AUKOT IN MICHIGAN-JUNE

Kenyan Diaspora Pro-democracy Movement: Dr. EKURU AUKOT IN MICHIGAN-JUNE


Gerald Baraza,  President

Am happy to inform you that Kenya's 2017  Presidential candidate, Dr. EKURU AUKOT will be in Michigan in June this year. He will speak on:


Stay tuned for details. If you are interested in participating in this event or hosting Dr. Ekuru for coffee after the event please get in touch ASAP

Email: kdpm2000@gmail.com
Tel: 616-965-5735


Thursday, March 31, 2016

Kenya Diaspora Survey

KENYA DIASPORA 2017 (The Forgotten Kenyans): __________________________________ You are invited to participate in an online survey about the political engagement of diaspora Kenyans. Participation in the study typically takes about 20 minutes and is strictly confidential. The survey collects several types of information: basic demographic data; information about which media sources you consult; your logistical preferences for diaspora voting; factors you are likely to consider when voting; and perspectives on Kenyan politics. Through this research, we hope to gain a better understanding of how the voting rights of diaspora Kenyans can best be implemented. Participants who complete the survey will have the option of entering a random drawing for one of ten $50 cash prizes. Contact information will be collected for this purpose but will not be shared and will not be linked in any way to survey responses. The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://unccprojectmosaic.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6fKoIm55W6Xhhjv Please let us know if you have any questions. We hope you will agree to take the survey, and that you will share the link to the survey with other Kenyans living in the diaspora. Beth Elise Whitaker, Ph.D. | Associate Professor Political Science Honors Program Director UNC Charlotte | Department of Political Science and Public Administration 9201 University City Blvd. | Charlotte, NC 28223 Phone: 704-687-7479 | Fax: 704-687-1400 bwhitaker@uncc.edu http://clas-pages.uncc.edu/beth-whitaker/ Shem J. Ochuodho, MSc (Eng), PhD, LLD (Hon)

Chair, KDA