President Kenyatta defends his foreign trips
06 December 2015, 18:18
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has come out to strongly defend the trips he has made to foreign countries in the recent past, amid agitations by Kenyans who have questioned the value of the trips.
The Head of State through his Spokesman Manoah Esipisu Sunday explained that the foreign trips he has made enabled the country secure multi-billion loans and infrastructure deals.
President Kenyatta who on Sunday morning jetted into the country from South Africa where he had attended the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation enumerated that he held bilateral talks with the Chinese head of state, which will yield fruits for Kenya.
“For starters, President Xi Jinping of China offered the continent $60 billion — that’s KES 6 trillion— in grants, zero-interest loans, concessional financing and commercial loans to finance Africa’s growth over the next 3 years,” said Esipisu.
“President Kenyatta held a highly successful bilateral meeting with President Xi Jinping, and reviewed areas of Kenya-China cooperation and financing,” revealed Esipisu.
According to the Statehouse spokesman, the talks between President Kenyatta and his Chinese counterpart centered on the Standard Gauge Railway project, cooperation in education and energy.
“The government of China has offered 300 million Renminbi (KES 4.5 billion) for a conference facility in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kenya has a shortage of international-standard conference facilities. This generous offer helps us meet that need,” he said, noting that President Xi Jinping has assured President Kenyatta of a grant of 1,000 new university scholarships for Kenyans who wish to study in China.
About President Kenyatta’s recent visit to Paris for the 2015 Climate Change Conference (COP 21), Esipisu said Kenya signed at multi-million agreement at the conference with world-bank.
“Kenya cemented a $200 million agreement with World Bank for the supply of clean water to the long-suffering residents of Mombasa,” he revealed and pointed out that President also piled pressure on world leaders President Obama, President Hollande, Prime Minister Cameron, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon to secure legally binding commitments regarding climate change.
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