Japan pledges to support Kenya’s development programs

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/PSCU

Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo also held bilateral talks with Toshimitsu who is on an official visit to Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta Wednesday at State House, Nairobi met visiting Foreign Affairs Minister of Japan Mr Toshimitsu Motegi.

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During the courtesy call, Mr Motegi, who is in the country on a two-day visit, expressed Japan’s continued commitment to supporting Kenya’s development programs especially key infrastructure projects.

The Foreign Affairs Minister singled out the ongoing expansion of Mombasa Port and the development of the Dongo Kundu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) as some of the projects that his government is keen on seeing through.

“This visit will see our two countries strengthen our relations. Japan sees Kenya as a key partner and a gateway to Africa thus prioritizing investment in the country,” Mr Toshimitsu told President Kenyatta.

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The Japan Minister also briefed the Head of State on the planned Japan-Kenya Business Dialogue which is set to be held later this year in Japan and extended Prime Minister Yoshide Suga’s invitation to President Kenyatta.

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The President acknowledged Japan’s continued support for Kenya’s development programs saying Kenya will continue working on deepening its long and historical ties with the Asian nation.

“We truly appreciate your support that has been visible in several sectors of our economy, and we look forward to a more intentional partnership even as the world continues to face the challenges brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic,” President Kenyatta said.

During his two-day visit, Mr Motegi and his delegation held several bilateral meetings with Kenyan counterparts to explore ways of expanding economic collaboration between Kenya and Japan in the post-Covid era and beyond.

President Kenyatta was joined in the meeting by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs) and Ukur Yatani (National Treasury) as well as Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and State House Deputy Chief of Staff incharge of Strategy Mrs Ruth Kagia.

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Also present were Foreign Affairs Chief Administrative Secretary Ababu Namwamba and Kenya’s Ambassador to Japan Tabu Irina.

Separately at State House, Nairobi, the President met and bade farewell to the outgoing United Nations Resident Coordinator Siddharth Chatterjee who is taking up a new posting in China.

The Head of State congratulated Mr Chatterjee for his successful tour of duty in Kenya and wished him success in his new assignment.

“You have been a valuable partner to us and we acknowledge your efforts and tremendous help that you have accorded my administration in various sectors,” the President told Mr Chatterjee.y

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The Japan leader earlier in the morning met Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Raychelle Omamo.

The Ministers reviewed the two countries’ strategic partnership through development cooperation and agreed to work together to encourage more Japanese investments into Kenya.

They also discussed further collaboration in the context of TICAD-8 including the co-hosting of the second Japan-Africa Public-Private Economic Partnership Forum virtually on 4th May 2021 in Nairobi.

They also deliberated on the impact of Covid-19 globally and their joint efforts to combat the disease as well as consolidate economic collaboration during the pandemic and post-Covid-19 period.

The Japan Foreign Minister’s visit to Kenya is part of his global tour that took him to South America and Senegal before visiting Nairobi.


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