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Uhuru returns after his six-day tour to France, Egypt

By Cyrus Ombati | October 7th 2020 at 00:00:00 GMT +0300

President Uhuru Kenyatta during a France-Kenya business forum hosted by MEDEF, the largest French business consortium in the world. The luncheon was attended by top executives of leading French companies.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrived back in Nairobi on Monday night after an official trip to France, where he secured business deals worth billions of shillings.

The official jet carrying the President and his entourage touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at about 11.30pm and was welcomed back by security chiefs. He had a brief chat with Chief of Defence Forces Robert Kibochi and Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i before he left for State House, Nairobi.

Uhuru made a stopover in Egypt on Sunday, during which he paid President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi a courtesy call. According to State House, in their meeting at Heliopolis Palace in Cairo, the two African Heads of State discussed a number of subjects of mutual interest between Kenya and Egypt, among them regional peace and security, trade and Africa's response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

On Monday, the president spent the day in Egypt sight-seeing the Great Pyramids of Giza.

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This was his first trip since the Covid-19 crisis began.

Among the agreements reached in Paris is a Public-Private Partnership for construction of the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit highway signed between Kenya National Highway and Vinci Concessions. State House said the highway is one of the largest PPP projects in Eastern Africa.

Others were agreements for the development of the Nairobi Central Business District to JKIA commuter railway line and the 400KV Menengai-Rongai electricity transmission line.

Uhuru also delivered an address at the BPI Inno Generation 2020 business forum, which is the European countries’ largest international innovation and entrepreneurship extravaganza that brings together hundreds of French companies to explore investment opportunities abroad.

He talked about opportunities in Africa and wooed French companies to invest in Kenya.

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