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Belgium loans Kenya KES 3.1 billion for projects

22 August 2013, 12:04 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - The government on Wednesday signed a two-loan project Agreement of KES 3.1 billion with Belgium to finance the Sondu-HomaBay-Kisii Rural Electrification and the completion of the e-Government Private Network/County Connectivity (CCP) Projects.

Speaking to the media during donation, Joseph Ole Musuni, the Principal Secretary Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) said the funding would facilitate the completion of the two underway projects for citizens to access efficient service delivery.

Joseph Ole Musuni and Didier Reynders
Joseph Ole Musuni, the Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT with Didier Reynders, Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister in Nairobi during the donation of over KES 2.8 billion to the Kenyan government (Photo: Samuel Kisika, News24 user)

"The Rural Electrification Project costing almost KES 1.6 billion will facilitate the construction of an electric power distribution line covering 85 Km, the power line consisting of 132 Kilowatt voltage electricity distribution line to substations in Kisumu, Homa Bay and Kisii Counties," said Ole Musuni.

"The e-Government Private Network/County Connectivity Project Phase II credit Agreement amounts to KES 1,207,004,235. The project involves installation of communication equipment and applications in 17 County office headquarters and 18 National government ministries headquarters in Nairobi," he added.

Ole Musuni said the CCP Phase I project whose center is at the Treasury Buildings will be completed by the end of August 2013, which involves conceptual design to create access to the National Optical Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) in 28 counties.

Ole Musuni added that around 70 selected Ministries, Departments and Agencies(MDS) will get connected to the NOFBI network, and that the CCP project will provide video conferencing facilities and telephone services for the connected MDAs in the counties.

Ole Musuni commented the Belgian government for its financial support citing that it has enabled KenGen to generate five megawatts of electricity through windmills installed in Ngong Hills. He added that the Ngong Hills Wind Power Project Phase II which is under construction will have eight windmills generating about seven megawatts of power.

He assured that the two implementing ministries will ensure that the projects are completed to benefit the citizens as soon as possible.

Didier Reynders, Belgium's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs promised that the two countries will maintain their long term bilateral cooperation to realise remarkable economic development.



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