× Digital News Videos Africa Health & Science Opinion Columnists Education Lifestyle Cartoons Moi Cabinets Arts & Culture Gender Planet Action Podcasts E-Paper Tributes Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS


Uhuru and Macron seek to speed up key projects in Kenya

By Judah Ben-Hur and PSCU | Jul 2nd 2021 | 2 min read
President Uhuru Kenyatta and his French host Emmanuel Macron at Elysee Palace in Paris during which the leaders discussed several bilateral and multilateral subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and France. [Courtesy]

Presidents Uhuru Kenyatta and Emmanuel Macron of France yesterday discussed the progress of key infrastructure projects being undertaken in Kenya.

Uhuru was received by Macron at Elysee Palace where they also discussed several bilateral and multilateral issues.

The meeting centred around projects like the expansion of the 233km Rironi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Road expected to kick off in September following a deal struck by the two leaders in October last year.

The Sh160 billion project is one of the largest public-private partnership (PPP) programmes in Eastern Africa, and expected to expand the Northern Corridor road into a four-lane dual carriageway.

The contract awarded to a French consortium of Vinci Highways SAS, Meridian Infrastructure Africa Fund and Vinci Concessions SAS involves design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of the road.

The firm will recoup its expenses through tolls for 30 years.

Other agreements made last year include development of the Nairobi Central Business District-Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) commuter railway line and the 400KV Menengai-Rongai electricity transmission line.

Yesterday, the two presidents also discussed enhanced cooperation in health particularly in building Kenya’s capacity to manufacture vaccines.

On the multilateral front, the leaders spoke about the forthcoming Global Partnership for Education Summit in London to be co-hosted by President Kenyatta and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The summit is set for July 28 to 29 and aims at raising Sh539.7 billion in five years for investment in the education of 175 million children in low-income countries across the world.

Uhuru was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo, his Infrastructure counterpart James Macharia and Kenya’s envoy to France Judy Wakhungu.


Share this story
Miss World Kenya 2021 beauty pageant launched
The 30th edition of The Miss World Kenya Competition will take place on August 28 at The Trademark Hotel.
When Njonjo almost resigned over coffee smugglers
Known as the era of black gold, it began in 1976 when Ugandan farmers decided to sell their coffee in the private market.