CABINET SECRETARY OF THE NATIONAL TREASURY, MR. HENRY ROTICH IN BOSTON, MA FOR THE MINISTERIAL LEADERSHIP IN HEALTH FORUM
From April 6-9, 2014, the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of The National Treasury, Mr. Henry Rotich joined a group of Finance Ministers drawn from Africa gathered in Harvard School of Public Health for the Ministerial leadership in Health.
The meeting was organized by a joint initiative of the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) funded by Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation. The forum is a flagship component of the Harvard Ministerial Leadership in Health (MLIH) Program. The MLIH Program has the primary goal of recognizing and promoting political leadership in health as a crucial ingredient for improving the health of nations - a cornerstone of sustainable economic development.
Fourteen serving Finance Ministers, selected in recognition for their leadership in public financing in Africa, were in attendance. The forum was led by senior Harvard faculty together with a small group of distinguished long-serving and former Finance Ministers and Cabinet-led officials with substantial experience in public finance policy management. The forum also benefitted from technical input from senior African Development Bank officers and other technical experts.
The Ministerial Forum for Finance Ministers recognizes the pivotal role of Finance Ministers in helping drive health and social sector reform as a critical part of sustained national development and economic growth. The ministerial forum also recognizes the role of political leadership in implementing the commitments of June 2012 Tunis Declaration for advancing sustainable health care financing and ensuring value for money.
Drawing on the experience of the participating current and former ministers, the Ministerial Forum provided participants with unique opportunity for mutual shared experiential learning in a non-political, unofficial environment. The following areas were covered in the Ministerial Forum:
* The importance of transformational leadership in improving national health and development prospects;
* The correlation between improving health and sustainable national development and economic growth;
* Innovative health financing options and international experience in reducing external budgetary support and in achieving universal access to quality health services;
* Strategies and instruments for improved value for money in health care spending.