Kenya’s healthcare plan gets Sh3bn financing from Japan

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President Uhuru Kenyatta with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo

Kenya has secured Sh3 billion from Japan to fund the government’s healthcare plan.

The deal was agreed during talks in Tokyo between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during an official visit.

The two heads of state also agreed to partner in geothermal power development, scholarships for Kenyans especially in the maritime field and infrastructure development.

Japan has been losing out to China in the funding and execution of major projects in Kenya.

“We would also do well to partner more closely in border and maritime security management in screening, investigation and enhancing our counter-terrorism capabilities,” President Kenyatta said.

He said Kenya and Japan should also collaborate with international partners in the fight against terrorism.

A statement from the president’s communication team said his visit to Japan provided an opportunity for the two countries to forge close ties.

Mr Kenyatta appreciated Japan’s support to Kenya’s growth, especially financing of Mombasa port expansion phase I and II.

“Japan has also financed the 140 MW geothermal power project in Olkaria 1, at units 4 and 5, which was commissioned last month. This project has improved productivity and competitiveness by lowering the cost of electricity,” Mr Kenyatta said.

“We want to work with Kenya to secure stability in Africa,” Mr Abe said.

Mr Abe hailed President Kenyatta’s leadership on UN reform, saying they both wanted to see a significant change in the global order as espoused within the United Nations system.



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