Kenya secures loan for energy sector upgrades

2 July 2012

The energy sector in Kenya has been given a significant boost by news of heavy investment from the European Union and France.

It has been revealed that the new investment, worth as much as Sh5.4 billion (€51 million), will finance the Scaling-Up Access to Energy Project, Capital FM reports.

Additionally, the money will be used to support pro-poor projects in rural and urban areas.

"The Scaling-Up Access to Energy Project will accelerate rural electrification in order to promote sustainable development through the scaling up of the StimaLoan Revolving Fund, which will enable many low-income Kenyan households to get access to electricity," explained Njeru Githae, the Kenyan finance minister.

Upgrading the energy sector is a key element of the government's plan to stimulate economic growth.

This comes shortly after it was confirmed that Kenya received a loan of Sh50.4 billion from the World Bank to improve urban services and infrastructure in Nairobi, the capital city.

Category: Energy

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