Kenya lauds AfDB for funding key infrastructure upgrade
28 November 2013
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday welcomed the African Development Bank´s financial support for upgrading of a regional road network from the coastal city of Mombasa to Tanzania.
Speaking in Nairobi during a meeting with the AfDB´s Executive Director for East African Region Mulu Ketsela in Nairobi, Kenyatta said the Voi-Taveta-Tanzania road will improve transport between the two neighboring countries.
"The African Development Bank has been good to us over the years. We want to nurture this relationship especially on regional projects," Kenyatta said.
The AfDB has been funding various development projects in the East African nation including road, railway and airport as well was energy projects.
Kenya also appreciated the funding of the expansion of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by the bank. He commended the bank for being at the forefront in supporting his Government´s development agenda. He said the bank has boosted the continent´s economic agenda "without being clouded by politics."
Speaking during the meting, Ketsela assured the president of bank´s continued partnership with the Kenya government in development.
The Executive Director said she had earlier met officials from the Treasury and energy ministry and was impressed by Kenya´s plan to produce 5,000 megawatts. She said the bank would support the efforts to enable Kenya to fulfill its energy requirements.