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Kenya ranked best country in East Africa

Discussion in 'Kenyan News and Politics' started by Smatta, Aug 23, 2010.

  1. Smatta

    Smatta JF-Expert Member

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    Two years after Kenya sunk to her lowest point and was being mentioned alongside failed states like Somalia and Sudan, international community has expressed its faith in the country.

    Kenya has been ranked among the best 100 countries by an internationally reputed magazine, Newsweek. It was ranked the best country in East Africa, eighth in Africa and 87th overall, out of 194 UN countries.Coming just days after embarking on a journey of national renewal by passing the new Constitution, the ranking is an image booster for the country internationally.

    In it's first ever such ranking, the latest issue of Newsweek placed Kenya above East African neighbours Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. East Africa's most hyped nation, Rwanda, was not listed.

    At position 67, Tunisia is the leading African country followed by Morocco[​IMG], Egypt, Botswana, South Africa, Algeria and Ghana, in that order.

    The magazine used several factors including quality of life, economic dynamism, education, healthcare, transparency and political environment in the ranking.

    Finland emerged the overall winner with world's superpower, the US, ranked eleventh. Switzerland was second overall, followed by Sweden, Australia and Luxemburg.

    None at top ten

    In its editorial Newsweek stated: "The list shows the best countries tend to be small, rich and safe. It also shows there are many plenty of ways to look at it." Although no African country made it to the top ten, the continent can take solace that its countries appeared alongside the best in the world.

    Other African countries that featured in the list include Madagascar, Senegal, Mozambique, Zambia, Cameroon, Nigeria and Burkina Faso in that order. Most of these countries are synonymous with dictatorship, conflict and corruption.

    Were it not for the local political turmoil, Kenya would have possibly ranked better as alluded to by Newsweek's Rana Foroohar who wrote: "Our list represent a snapshot of how countries looked in 2008 and 2009, rather than a historic or predictive view - a country like Thailand[​IMG] or Kenya, for example, may have scored higher on political stability two years ago than it would today."

    Northern African countries excelled in indices such as education, health, economic competitiveness and quality of life.

    South Africa[​IMG] and Ghana have ranked high because of the competitive economies, transparency and political stability. The two recently held peaceful elections and smooth transfer of power.

    Instil dictatorship

    Rwanda, which has drawn plaudits for its booming economy, must have been left out based on democracy and transparency indices. President Paul Kagame has been accused of trying to instil dictatorship in the country.

    On education, Finland once again topped followed by South Korea. Analysis by Mona Mourshed and Fenton Whelan of McKinsey consultancy group must be encouraging to President Kibaki for his 2003 flagship Free Primary Education programme.

    "First, get children in to school early. High-quality pre-schooling does more for a child's chances in school than any other educational intervention," they stated.

    Among upper-middle-income countries, former Soviet-bloc states ruled the roost. Kazakhstan was first followed by Poland, Cuba and Latvia. Lithuania was sixth, Russia seventh while Bulgaria was tenth.

    Explanation behind this performance is that these countries place high priorities on science and math subjects. Kenyan students have been performing dismally in these subjects in national exams.

    On healthcare system success, Japan took the lead.

    On transparency, where African countries are not known to shine, none of them makes to the main list of analysis. This is mainly because the analysts looked at the vice in the main markets.


    The Standard | Online Edition :: Kenya ranked best country in East Africa
     
  2. terabojo

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    Now that they have a new, and hopefully a better constitution Kenyans will thrive economically, socially and politically and next time perform better in the Newsweek poll. Good work by Mzee Kibaki
     
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    They deserve
     
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    Abolish chang'aa,drink beer!!
     
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    Congrats mzee Kibaki and his crews!! You deserve it. Kikwete umeyasikia hayo?
     
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    Once bitten, twice shy... It's the lessons from the PEV.
     
  7. Smatta

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    The sale of changaa is going to be legalized pretty soon, and maybe reduce the death toll caused by consumption of industrial alcohol (doctored changaa) by monitoring the preparation, packaging and distribution of the drink. Beer is somewhat expensive in Kenya as the retail price is averagely Ksh. 90, and most pubs and clubs sell it at an average price of Ksh.150, the pricing of beer in a way isolates the majority poor from consuming it, thus forcing them to local brews and spirits which are cheaper and more potent despite the fact that they have not been passed by the bureau of standard. So to me Kenya's only choice is legalizing changaa, and then controlling it.
     
  8. Next Level

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    Smatta,

    The moment you put some controls including monitoring the preparation, packaging and distribution of the Changaa...in the way you add some costs to the product (drink) and so this additional cost will find its way into the selling price......! which means Changaa will be relatively expensive to people who can afford it now (without controls)....so expect those will not afford the new price to continue with the unmonitored changaa......!
     
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    Well-done Kenya.

    Ule usemi umetimia "kujikwaa si kuanguka"
     
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    Hiyo ndiyo faida ya kuwa na ujasiri wa kuthubutu kufanya mageuzi ya siasa.Wakenya si waoga kama wa TZ,ingawa tunajisifu kuwa hatuna ubaguzi wa kimakabila na kuwa tuna amani,lakini hatuna uthubutu wa kufanya mageuzi.Matokeo yake imebaki kusamehe wezi eti wakishitakiwa nchi itatikisika.
    Wakenya watapaa sana tu hatutakuja wakamata kwa mwendo huu.
    Big up Kenyans,katiba mpya ni ushindi mkubwa na ni mwanzo tu mengi yatafuata.
     
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    Hii hata kwetu Tanzania ipo, inaitwa GONGO. Hiki kidole kitunyookee na sie Watanzania.
     
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    Uongo mbaya hata kama kuna gap kubwa hapa kenya kati ya masikini na tajiri but Kenyans are serious when it comes to economic development. Keep it up Kenya, keep going. Sisi nyumbani mambo yanazidi kuharibika tu, najiuliza hivi kama Tz tungeingia kwenye machafuko, uchumi ungekuwa na hali gani, just imagine we are peacefull yet still poor economically. Tumekazana na Chama Cha Mafisadi tu supporting it. Kenya keep moving guys atleast this once i support and envy you and you deserve the rank!
     
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    GO Kenya Go.....

    Kenyans deserves this. Post elections violence fueled a real change in your country. Put all behind and move on.

    Congrats guys.
     
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    Good note Idimi. It happens every where. I support the move to officialise usage.
     
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    Yes, it's good paper from media chamber (TheStandard). But guys dont be deceived by what has been written on the papers (i.e face value - paper heading), try to look what is the fact on the ground. You can shout that kny is doing better, but still a good number of her citizens own nothing apart from their souls and fresh, a very limited (hardly a hundred individuals) own 90+pc of the national wealth.
    Still the long journey to go.

     
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    Zikitokea nafasi ambazo TZ inazidi Kenya WaTZ wengi hupinga na kusema research imekosea. Mfano ni rank ya Rushwa, TZ ilikuwa pazuri kuliko Kenya lakini waTZ wengi walikataa kata tena bila ushahidi ila wenzenu wala hawakuisema vibaya nchi yao.
    Jamani jifunzeni kuipenda nchi yenu inapotokea nafasi, kuiseama vibaya TZ mnajitia aibu wenyewe! Jifunzeni Uzalendo wa nchi yenu, MSICHANGANYE UZALENDO NA SIASA.
     
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    Absolutely the best in everything. Other members of EAC should learn how to use flying toilets. For the record, when did Kenya rank below any EAC country?
     
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    teh, teh, tih tih tihhhhh.
    That is only the country known for. The innovation of its own kind on earth.
     
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    When I read these news and reflect what my fellow Tanzanians are doing with regard to the upcoming election, I become overwhelmingly annoyed. When will Tanzania get the generation of people who can take at least a second to think before they provoke like crazy? When will Tanzanians say enough to CCM and give a try to another part which is serious with the serious business?

    Inauma sana pale unapotambua kwamba tunazo resources zote lakini ndiyo tumo katika kundi la nchi maskini kupindukia duniani. Na watu wachache wanajilundikia mipesa kiasi cha kufungua akaunti nje ya nchi!

    Mtu aliyewaloga watanzania inaelekea alishakufa siku nyingi kwa kweli.
     
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    Long live Kenya... Long live the constitution... Long live the people.
     
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