Kenya to enhance and expedite cooperation with Japan
The Government of Kenya supports the strengthening of bilateral relations with the Government of Japan.
The assurance was given by the National Treasury Acting Cabinet Secretary Amb. Ukur Yatani to the Japanese Ambassador to Kenya H.E. Ryoichi Horie who had paid a courtesy call at his office in the Treasury Building.
The meeting between the two that comes ahead of the next week’s Tokyo international Cooperation on African Development (TICAD) summit in Japan dwelt on issues touching on bilateral relations between the two countries.
“Kenya is looking forward to participating in the forth coming summit in Japan, and we greatly support the strengthening of the TICAd’s Public –Private Business dialogue in order to enhance progress,” said Yatani.
Kenya and Japan continue to partner in key economic sectors which include :- Infrastructure, Energy, Water, Environment , Human Capacity development and Agriculture. The cumulative Japanese assistance to Kenya now stands at Ksh. 512.7 billion.
Negotiations between the Government of Kenya and JICA on the financing of projects worth Ksh. 90.72 billion are at an advanced stage. Beneficiary projects are Mombasa Special Economic Zone Development Project, Mombasa Gate Bridge Construction Project (1) and the Health Sector Support for Universal Health coverage Program Phase 11 through Budget Support.
The Project for Infrastructure Development in Mombasa Special Economic Zone will also receive a Grant of Ksh. 6.08 billion.
Also present in the meeting were the National treasury and State Department of Planning Principal Secretaries Dr. Julius Muia and Saitoti Torome respectively among other senior Treasury officials.