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I seriously have to question the validity of the projections and statistics presented. As a trade economist and manufacturing product developer, I take issue when substantive structural concerns that are not highlighted. Its great to think about median income, but the reality is how can a resource rich people with land generally remain poor? When banks around the world lend on asset value how is it that the many small individual farmers, SACCOS and cooperatives cannot raise capital for farming and manufacturing projects? I am more interested in controlling the means of production and quality in Africa for Africans and this will create not just median income status individuals but millionaires. Let’s be clear, I only hope Africans will be just too fellow Africans when this day arrives, unlike many of the people that have colonized them over the years. Given that Rwanda and Uganda are starting from lower and different bases compared to Kenya, I seriously think they will give Kenya a run for its household living standards, proverbial growth and income inequality. Ethiopia looks poised to move forward agriculturally (which is honorable) provided it does not allow foreign Indian firms to simply strip the value out of its economy. Although Ethiopia is NOT mentioned, which I find puzzling, the country should and truly focus on food security with organizations and groups that have its best interest at heart. As for Tanzania, there seem to be more efficiencies in their economy, as I have personally examined. If this is capitalized upon further, they will succeed in meeting the demands of the country to build a stronger economic base but also to assist there neighbors in infrastructure channels and imports/exports. Using average or median GDP is simply not a true measure when working on Africa. All the time I've learned and heard this standard to measure Western government progress - it’s just not complete. Well in Africa, the playing field is different and it gives me pride to say so. I will not go into details here but it high time to look at measuring and developing plans of action that truly touch upon the hidden factors in building capacity and growth. If Kenya is to get anywhere, given all the talk of the educated populace, then they must move toward an innovative manufacturing base that's wholly African Centric. They must also consider innovative and new ways to eliminate bureaucracy and increase business ethics. Frankly, if the partisanship between ethnic groups cannot be me mitigated by skills and meritocracy, Kenyans will continue to be exploited by their own people and from other business speculators that possess a non-altruistic mission and purpose at the expense of workers.