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Treasury, September 28, 2015: By Joseph Kipkoech

The government of the Kingdom of Belgium has granted to Kenya Kshs.1.2 billion in form of loans to support Kajiado Rural Water Supply Project.

The National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Mr. Henry Rotich said the project once completed will serve over 100,000 residents of Kajiado County with clean water for domestic use and livestock.

“The government of the Kingdom of Belgium will also support firefighting equipment project for Nairobi City County, Ithanga Water Supply project, Vihiga Water Supply project, Ruaka Water Supply project, phase III of e-Government connectivity project and Nanyuki District Hospital,” Mr. Rotich said.

The Cabinet Secretary was speaking today at the National Treasury Nairobi during the signing ceremony of credit agreement with Mr. Peter de Crem, the Belgium State Secretary for Foreign Trade.

The Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to Kenya, Ms.Roxane de Bilderling and Senior Kenya Government officials witnessed the loan signing ceremony.

Mr. Rotich commended the Kingdom of Belgium for continued financial support to Kenya in form of loans, grants and technical assistance, adding that Kenya’s sectors among them health, water, environment, education and telecommunications have received immense support from Belgium.

He said the continued financial and technical support from Belgium received over the years is in line with Kenya’s government’s development strategy of turning the country into a middle income economy as stipulated in the development blueprint, the Vision 2030.

He expressed optimism that with cordial co-operation with Belgium, the Kenyan government will be able to provide affordable water, health services and improved access to electricity in the rural areas. “We shall ensure that the resources we receive from development partners are utilized for the intended purpose to strengthen the development cooperation with the development partners for the mutual benefit of Kenyans”, he said.

On the economy, Mr. Rotich assured Belgium government that Kenya is committed to maintaining a stable macroeconomic framework within the context of structural reforms stipulated in the Vision 2030.

“We trust that the structural reforms will lead to a stronger economic growth, wealth and employment creation, and thus a reduction of poverty in the country”, said the Cabinet Secretary.

Through the social pillar in the Vision 2030 strategy, Mr. Rotich added, the government is striving to provide quality education to all Kenyans.

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