At the start of his two-day historic visit to Kenya, French head of state, President Emmanuel Macron and Uhuru Kenyatta announced a series of public-private infrastructure deals, amounting to totaling Kshs12.6 trillion.
Key among the contracts between French companies and the Kenya will be the construction of a railway line from the traffic-congested capital Nairobi to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, a trip of about 20 km that can take up to two hours by car.
Following discussions with Kenyatta, Macron unveiled a new Peugeot 3008 SUV which will be locally assembled by the French car manufacturer.
Mr. Kenyatta drove his guest for a short test drive of the vehicle.
“This is a good day for Kenya and for our development,” Kenyatta said adding that he expects Macron’s visit to have a positive impact on tourism and business.
‘ ‘I am impressed with the progress PSA Groupe has made in delivering locally assembled vehicles in our country. As we continue the journey of building a better Kenya with shared prosperity for all, we have prioritized manufacturing as one of the critical sectors for wealth and employment creation under the #Big4Agenda.’’ Kenyatta said
He added: We expect this visit by President Emmanuel Macron to impact on the number of French businessmen and investors that would want to invest in Kenya.
Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta said the historic visit will help increase the number of tourists between the two countries. I would like to restate that as part of the Government‘s policy to promote the philosophy of “Buy Kenya, Build Kenya” among our people, all government entities will be expected to buy and use locally assembled vehicles and spare parts for all official use