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Japan supports Kenya’s development program on infrastructures

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Japan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Toshimitsu Motegi has expressed Japan’s continued commitment to supporting Kenya’s development programs especially key infrastructure projects.

He who made this known during the courtesy call on a two-day visit to Kenya, while met with the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday.

While briefed on the planned Japan-Kenya Business Dialogue which is set to be held later this year in Japan, extending Prime Minister Yoshide Suga’s invitation to President Kenyatta.

The Foreign Affairs Minister singled out the ongoing expansion of Mombasa Port and the development of the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as some of the projects that his government is keen on seeing through.

President Kenyatta welcomed Japan’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Motegi to Kenya, he said “this visit will see our two countries strengthen our relations. Japan sees Kenya as a key partner and a gateway to Africa thus prioritizing investment in the country”.

The President acknowledged Japan’s continued support for Kenya’s development programs saying Kenya will continue working on deepening its long and historical ties with the Asian nation.

“We truly appreciate your support that has been visible in several sectors of our economy, and we look forward to a more intentional partnership even as the world continues to face the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

During his two-day visit, Mr Motegi and his delegation held several bilateral meetings with Kenyan counterparts to explore ways of expanding economic collaboration between Kenya and Japan in the post-Covid era and beyond.

President Kenyatta was joined in the meeting by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Ukur Yatani (National Treasury) as well as Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and State House Deputy Chief of Staff incharge of Strategy Mrs Ruth Kagia.

Also present were Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba and Kenya’s Ambassador to Japan Tabu Irina.

Separately at State House, Nairobi, the President met and bade farewell to the outgoing United Nations Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee who is taking up a new posting in China.

The Head of State congratulated Mr Chatterjee for his successful tour of duty in Kenya and wished him success in his new assignment.

“You have been a valuable partner to us and we acknowledge your efforts and tremendous help that you have accorded my administration in various sectors,” the President told Mr Chatterjee.

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