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Uhuru hosts French President Macron in a Historic visit

French President Emmanuel Macron inspects a guard of honour by the Kenya Defence Forces at State House in Nairobi, Kenya March 13, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

President Kenyatta is hosting the French President Emmanuel Macron who is on a two day state visit in Nairobi to tighten bilateral ties between France and Kenya. President Macron is the first sitting French president to visit Kenya since independence.

The French President is among other Heads of States and Governments who are in the country to attend the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) as well as the 3rd One Planet Assembly at UN Complex in Gigiri from 13th to 15th March 2019.

This visit comes at a time when Paris had been rumoured by the diplomatic community to be angling itself to take over functions of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), which would have made Africa’s only UN headquarters weak.

Key things expected to feature prominently in this visit is the proposed rapid transit train service between Nairobi Central Business District and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. The French government is among major partners President Uhuru Kenyatta identified to help fund this revolutionary project which aims to decongest the CBD.

Other areas of mutual interest between the two countries in which Kenya expects to benefit are deals on energy projects, plant health programmes and the Big Four Agenda on food security, universal health coverage, affordable housing and manufacturing.

Commenting on the visit, President Kenyatta through his official communications channel wrote, ’’We expect this visit by President Emmanuel Macron to impact on the number of French businessmen and investors that would want to invest in Kenya. We also expect this visit to help increase the number of tourists between the two countries.’’




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