France approves Sh28bn for Kenya's infrastructure - Daily Nation

France approves Sh28bn for Kenya's infrastructure

Monday April 4 2016

 French President François Hollande shakes hands with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta upon Mr Kenyatta's arrival on April 4, 2016 at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

French President François Hollande shakes hands with President Uhuru Kenyatta upon the latter's arrival at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris on April 4, 2016. AFP PHOTO | STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN 

By SANDRA CHAO-BLASTO, [email protected]

Kenya has signed seven memorandums of understanding that will see the country receive up to 250 million euros (Sh28.8 billion).

The agreements were signed after President Uhuru Kenyatta met his French counterpart Francois Hollande for bilateral agreements.

The financing includes grants and loans negotiated through the national Treasury to finance several infrastructure projects in the country.

This is the first time the presidents of the two countries are meeting in fourteen years.

Cabinet secretaries Amina Mohamed, Henry Rotich, Najib Balala and Eugene Wamalwa have accompanied President Kenyatta on the state visit.

A bulk of the money Sh13.8 billion (120 million euros) will be used to finance the Last Mile Connectivity Programme.

Of this, 90 million euros is being given to the country as a Concessional Loan, with the remaining 30 million euros as a grant.

MERU WIND FARM

The French government is also providing Sh15.1 billion (15 million euros) for phase two of the Roads 2000 Programme, Sh60 billion (60 million euros) as a non-sovereign loan for the Meru Wind Farm, and 19 million euros for the Ruiru II Dam that will see an increased water supply in the cosmopolitan Nairobi area.

The bilateral talks also saw Treasury CS Rotich secure 33 million euros for the East Africa Development Bank.

"I urge you to invest in the agro-processing of imports of Kenya’s renowned quality coffee, tea, cut flowers, fruits and vegetables," President Kenyatta said.

Earlier in the day, Mr Kenyatta had a private familiarisation tour of the General Directorate for External Security, where he was briefed on security matters by French security officials.

The two countries have promised to work together in the face of the global threat of terrorism.

Trade volumes between Kenya and France doubled from 104 million euros in 2013 to 213 million euros in 2014.