Sweden Minister commends Mombasa Port progress
28 February 2014, 22:28
Nairobi - Sweden which is considering putting a freeze on aid to Uganda, reiterated its commitment to scale up trade with Kenya and the rest of Africa.
The Finance Minister for Sweden, Anders Borg, also lauded Kenya’s development record in infrastructure, singling out cargo handling process in Mombasa Port, which has been drastically reduced in terms of time taken to manage cargo.
“In Kenya, I think we have seen tremendous support in Mombasa Port which all of the people I met in Uganda and Rwanda were underscoring,” he told media.
While he had praise for Kenya, Borg raised concern at Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for signing the Anti-gay Bill into law.
He said it was unfortunate that the law was passed adding the move had served to strain relations between the two countries.
“I think it will be difficult to continue with government to government support with Uganda,” he said.
He said the Swedish government might have a “hard time” convincing the Swedish taxpayers to continue funding aid projects in Uganda.
“I think Sweden will stay on the course where we are consistently doing aid work in Uganda but it will be a difficult decision both in government and in Parliament on this issue because this is Swedish taxpayers’ money, we force them to pay this money and we send them (the money) to a country which is harassing people in this manner,” said Borg.
On average, Sweden lends Uganda US$40 million, which is channeled to various sectors of the economy.
- CAJ News