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French Development Agency head to assess local projects

17 May 2014, 10:04

Nairobi - Anne Paugum, the Chief Executive Officer of the French Agency for Development (Agence Française de Développement), will this weekend visit Kenya to assess the progress of some projects the agency is financing.

It will be her first mission to the country since she took office last June.

The tour starts on Sunday ending Tuesday.

According to the French Embassy, Paugam will undertake three field visits, including one to Marsabit, with the Director of Kenya Wildlife Service, William Kiprono and the Governor, Ukur Yatani, to officially launch a project AFD is jointly funding with French Global Environment Facility (FFEM) to protect the Marsabit forest and help create alternative resources for the surrounding communities.

Before leaving for Marsabit, she will also have the opportunity to discuss with the Director of KWS and the Governor the issue of poaching.

The second field visit is to assess the progress made towards the completion of the Olkaria IV geothermal power plant (280MW) in Naivasha. AFD is co-financing the scheme.

After the visit, she will have an in-depth discussion with the main actors of the power sector, including Permanent Secretary of Energy, Joseph Njoroge.

Finally, she will visit Kibera to see the ablution blocks which were part of the Nairobi Water and Sanitation project financed by AFD. The project was started in 2006.

AFD is a key financier of Kenyan projects.

In total, it has committed more than €1.1 billion Euro (nearly 130 billion KES) over the last ten years in Kenya.

More than half of this amount has been directed towards the energy sector, especially in support to the development of geothermal energy and access to energy, the rest having been split between the water and sanitation sector, urban development, transportation and private sector development.

- CAJ News


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