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Governors to Shut Down Counties from September 16 over Revenue Row

The County Governments will not be able to pay salaries at end of this month going forward

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File image of Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya.

BY GEOFFREY ISAYA

All county operations will be paralysed from Monday, September 16 if the stalemate over the Division of Revenue Bill 2019 is not resolved. Counties.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said county governments are cash-strapped and will have no option but to shut down if the ongoing revenue row is not resolved within the next two weeks.

“The County Governments will not be able to pay salaries at end of this month going forward. Beyond, the 16th of September 2019, if the matter is not resolved the County Governments will have no option but to shut down,” read the statement.

The Senate and the National Assembly are locked in a push-and pull over the amount of money that should be disbursed to the counties.

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In a statement issued on Thursday, Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said county governments are cash-strapped and will have no option but to shut down if the ongoing revenue row is not resolved within the next two weeks. Pixabay

While the National Assembly has stuck to a Ksh.316.5 billion allocation to counties, the Senate insists the devolved units should be handed Ksh.335.6 billion.

The matter is already before a mediation committee composed of representatives of both houses of Parliament.

Meanwhile, in various counties workers are yet to receive their July and August salaries even as delivery of essential services remain grounded.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has since declared that the government does not have unlimited resources and will therefore not allocate any additional revenue to counties.

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India Driving More Revenue Per User for Social Media Firms: Report

Other social platforms are now focusing on video in Asia Pacific

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FILE - Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to logos of social media apps Signal, Whatsapp and Telegram projected on a screen in this picture illustration. VOA

As user growth on various social media platforms in the key global markets slows down, India is helping social media players clock more revenue per user in the Asia-Pacific region, thus driving the overall social advertising spend, a new report said on Monday.

According to Forrester, global social advertising spend will hit $165.6 billion in 2023, up from $75 billion in 2018 — growing at a CAGR of 17.1 per cent.

“Asia Pacific and the rest of world will grow fastest, capturing the US and Europe’s share of global social advertising spend. Asia Pacific’s share of global spend will increase from 30 per cent in 2018 to 35 per cent in 2023, mostly thanks to growth in China,” said Forrester’s ‘Social Media Advertising Forecast, 2019 to 2023’ report.

“User growth is slowing down across most of the key markets in Asia Pacific except India. As such, key social players are now focusing on increasing revenue per user to drive revenues,” the findings showed.

Twitter has been experimenting with increasing its ad loads.

“As a result, Japan, the largest market for Twitter outside the US, registered 35.1 per cent growth in its revenue per user in 2018,” said Meenakshi Tiwari, Forecast Analyst at Forrester.

In addition, with slowing growth in the number of social users, revenue per user is the main way the social giants can drive revenues across key markets.

Value-added formats like video have been the primary drivers of revenue per user on social platforms.

Social video advertising spend will grow from $17.6 billion in 2018 to $56.5 billion in 2023 — a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 26.3 per cent, the report informed.

Just as social media companies have come up with transparency rules for political ads, they should have similar features for influencers so that people can distinguish between commercial space and personal space. Pixabay

Social video’s share of social advertising spend in India was 24 per cent in 2018.

China’s social advertising spend will triple by 2023.

“Asia Pacific will replace North America as the region with the highest social advertising spend,” the report added.

China already accounts for 44 per cent of Asia Pacific’s social advertising spend.

“We expect it to grow from $9.9 billion in 2018 to $27.6 billion in 2023 — a CAGR of 22.8 per cent. China’s key social players have acquired huge user bases and will start monetizing them aggressively,” added Tiwari.

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Other social platforms are now focusing on video in Asia Pacific.

“While short video apps were the main surprise for social marketers in 2018, players like Tencent, Twitter, and Weibo are now also growing their video advertising revenues.

“Their efforts to facilitate the creation and distribution of video content on their platforms have created an environment that is more conducive to video ads,” the report mentioned. (IANS)