We’ve improved the welfare of senior citizens, President Kenyatta says as he opens CBK Pension Towers

for Tv47 Digital May 26, 2022, 01:43 PM
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The CBK Pension Towers in the Nairobi Central Business District officially opened by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday May 26. PHOTO/PSCU

Beyond the impressive glass, steel and stone works, the President said the magnificent building is the fruit of decades of dedicated service to the nation by the senior citizens, a towering symbol of a legacy of good works and proof of the wisdom of investing in the future.

“What is also admirable about the construction of this building is that it was fully financed from internal resources of the Pension Fund, with no contribution from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK).

“You, our senior citizens, it is your hard work that provided the resources to construct this magnificent edifice. I am confident that the returns arising from this investment will return a healthy dividend, thus providing financial resources that will take care of you and afford you a comfortable retirement,” President Kenyatta said.

The President commended the CBK Pension Fund for tapping from local human capital, noting that the professionals that were entrusted to put the towers together as architects, quantity surveyors and engineers were all young Kenyans.

The Head of State pointed out that the inauguration of the building also celebrates the rising role of the pensions industry in accelerating the achievement of the national development agenda, adding that Kenya now compares favourably with the developed markets in terms of the management of pension funds.

He noted that since the enactment of the Retirement Benefits Act in 1997 and the subsequent establishment of the Retirement Benefits Authority in 2000, pension assets have grown from Kshs 40 billion in 2000 to Kshs 1.4 trillion as at June 2021.

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