President Uhuru Kenyatta has signed a public-private partnership (PPP) deal worth Kenya Shillings 180 Billion with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron.
President Uhuru arrived in France and was welcomed by his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron then proceeded to inspect a guard of honor mounted by the French military at the start of an elaborate State reception ceremony.
They then proceeded to Elysee Palace, the French President’s official residence situated in Paris, France where they held a meeting.
The two leaders signed three bilateral agreements involving the construction of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway signed between KeNHA and Vinci Concessions, the development of the Nairobi Central Business District (CBD) to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) commuter railway line, and the 400KV Menengai-Rongai electricity transmission line.
Kenya’s ambassador to France Professor Judi Wakhungu stated that the deal will ease the movement of people and bring developments in the surrounding areas.
“Our aspiration is to see that this commuter railway line eases traffic in Nairobi but also eases the movement of people within Nairobi. We hope that along the route and the surrounding areas, other businesses will be able to grow,” Prof Wakhungu stated.
Wakhungu noted that the expansion of the highway will ease traffic and enhance the efficiency of cargo transport to Western Kenya and onwards into the export markets of East and Central Africa.
“We hope that extending this highway which is going to be about 200km, again, will ease traffic on that particular very, very important route. I need not remind Kenyans that this is a major highway that connects Mombasa, Nairobi, and all the way to Uganda, Rwanda, and other parts of Central Africa,” she added.
She also noted that Kenya and France have a great relationship especially on education, investment, and research
“The largest component of our relationship is actually education. We have had Kenyan students in France for many years, we have also had French researchers in Kenya for very many years,”
“When it comes to investment and the private sector, we have over 100 French companies operating in Kenya,” Prof Wakhungu stated.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was accompanied by his Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Ukur Yatani (Treasury), James Macharia (Infrastructure), and Betty Maina (Trade).