Kenya Seeks Japanese Support for Infrastructure Development Through Public-Private Partnerships

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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Kenya Seeks Japanese Support for Infrastructure Development Through Public-Private Partnerships

President William Ruto’s recent visit to Japan marked a significant milestone in Kenya’s quest for infrastructure development. With a focus on reducing dependency on external debt, Kenya is looking to Japan for support through public-private partnerships (PPPs). These partnerships are seen as a strategic approach to financing national development projects while sharing the burden of debt with investors.

During his visit, President Ruto emphasized the importance of PPPs in financing mutual development goals. The signing of a PPP framework between the two governments underscores Kenya’s commitment to facilitating private sector involvement in economic cooperation programs and projects with Japan.

Several memorandums of understanding (MoUs) were signed during the visit, covering cooperation in various sectors such as ICT, healthcare, and defense. These agreements pave the way for collaborative efforts between Kenya and Japan in critical areas of development, including green energy, manufacturing, transport, roads, and agriculture.

Among the significant projects secured through these agreements are the Dongo Kundu infrastructure ecosystem and the Mombasa Gate Bridge, with investments totaling $1.63 billion. Additionally, Kenya secured funding from the Japan Bank for International Cooperation to acquire heavy machinery and mechanized assets, further boosting infrastructure development efforts.

While Kenya continues to explore avenues for financing key infrastructure projects, including the extension of the standard gauge railway, the issuance of a Samurai bond in Japan for energy and infrastructure projects highlights the country’s innovative approach to fundraising. The cooperation between Kenya and Japan underscores the importance of strategic partnerships in driving sustainable development and economic growth.


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