Kidero signs off Nairobi commuter transport deal
15 July 2014, 09:06
Nairobi - The County government of Nairobi on
Monday signed a MoU with Chinese automaker Foton Motors to transform the
commuter transport in Nairobi.
A Chinese delegation led by Guo Jinlong, secretary of the Beijing
Municipal Committee of the Communist Party of China, witnessed the
"The great friendship between Kenya and China has impacted on various
socio-economic spheres. Chinese civilization dates many centuries ago
and we can learn from it to improve our urban centres," said Nairobi
County Governor Evans Kidero.
Under the MoU, Foton Motors will provide 260 buses to the county
government of Nairobi to help implement the mass public transport
The Chinese vehicle manufacturer will also extend financial support
to enable Nairobi county government to secure a soft credit from
international banks to buy the buses and repay the loan at a rate of 15
Senior executives of the Foton Motors revealed that it will assist
the county government of Nairobi to develop a cashless payment system
alongside a modern terminus.
"Our new agreement with Foton motors will enable us to implement an
ambitious urban transport master-plan. We aim to have an efficient and
affordable public transport system," said Kidero, who accompanied
President Uhuru Kenyatta during his tour of China in August 2013.
During the visit, Kidero invited Chinese investors to help upgrade
Nairobi's critical infrastructure like roads, housing, water supply and
Rapid population growth in Nairobi has exerted pressure on public
transport system. Kidero noted that 2.5 million people in Nairobi depend
on public service vehicles.
"We require mass public transport system to ease congestion on our roads and reduce carbon emissions," the Governor said.
He revealed that county leaders will soon visit Beijing and other Chinese cities to learn models on improved commuter transport.
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