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Matiang'i lauds European Union effort in poverty reduction

06 May 2014, 15:51

Nairobi - Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Dr Fred Matiang'i, has lauded the European Union for its continued support in improving the living standards of vulnerable Kenyans in the arid and semi arid parts of the country.

Speaking during the launch of the ongoing EU Week and photo exhibition at the Nairobi national museum, he noted that, the EU-funded Community Development Programmes as well as the rural poverty reduction in sectors such as education, water and sanitation, health, infrastructure, trade and integrated programmes targeting the poorest and most vulnerable communities in Kenya, had enabled the underprivileged gain access to improved health care services, reduce maternal deaths, improve food security and gain access to safe drinking water.

He said the Government was keen to promote partnerships and encourage investments to facilitate knowledge and capacity transfer to Kenyan companies.

The official added that in mainstreaming ICTs in the county's development agenda, the Government had purposed to invest in ICTs in keeping up with the global trends.

He said the government was devoted to harness the power of ICTs to transform the livelihoods of the people.

"To achieve this, we continue to invest in ICTs, recognizing technology as the main driver of Kenya's economic growth", said Matiang'i.

He added that the government was keen to develop these areas further, given the immense opportunities they present in the development and use of ICTs in boosting economic empowerment within our communities.

The Head of EU Mission in Kenya, Lodewijk Briët, said the EU photo exhibition marked the beginning of the annual EU Week in Kenya and marked the partnership shared between the two blocs through development.

The photos display the variation on how international partners are working with the Government of Kenya to improve various sectors.

He said the combined development support provided by the European Union and member states exceeds Sh70 billion annually, making EU the largest international contributor.

"Kenya is now host to the largest Regional support office for the European Humanitarian Agency ECHO, the European

Investment Bank and European Union Delegation," he added.

 - CAJ News

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