The government of the United Kingdom has provided funds worth £52 million to fund various projects in Kenya aimed at improving innovation and creation of jobs.
The funding will help solar power plants and also finance the production of high-tech identity cards, tax stamps, and currency.
Speaking at the conclusion of his visit, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced that the construction of the solar power plant in South East Kenya will commence soon and the populace is expected to benefit from the project in 2020.
He added the British government came up with this project in order to provide clean energy to the people leaving in the South East of the country who have struggled with regular power shortages and relies extensively on thermal plants.
Mr. Hunt also noted that this project is expected to transform the local economy with up to 250 direct jobs being created and a further 5,600 jobs in the wider economy supported thanks to the availability of power.
A British owned company De La Rue is expected to handle this multi million project in order to expand the opportunities for highly skilled jobs for Kenyans and opens up the prospect of new business in the region.
“This innovative Joint Venture with the Government of Kenya, which builds on De La Rue’s already long and productive business relationships here, expands the opportunities for highly skilled jobs for Kenyans and opens up the prospect of new business in the region, which will add yet more value to this highly productive partnership”. Said De La Rue’s Regional Director for Africa, Matt West