Denmark to invest Sh18bn in Kenya projects

August 11, 2014
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Mogens said the two governments are currently in negotiations on what projects in the three areas should be prioritised and implemented. Photo/ Thika Super Highway
Mogens said the two governments are currently in negotiations on what projects in the three areas should be prioritised and implemented. Photo/ Thika Super Highway

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 11- The government of Denmark plans to invest Sh18 billion in Kenya in the next four years to support various development projects.

Visiting Dannish Trade and Development Minister Mogens Jensen said the funds will focus on supporting devolution, green energy and regional security.

Mogens said the two governments are currently in negotiations on what projects in the three areas should be prioritised and implemented.

“With the new cooperation policy program between Denmark and Kenya we will be supporting mainly three areas and we will be introducing this from next year,” Jensen said.

On devolution, Jensen said the priority will be on health sector in the 47 counties among other public service sectors.

“I think it would be major task of the new counties to build up health services that reach the whole population and we will be happy to assist the counties,” the Dannish Minister said.

On regional security the funds will be used to assist in building the capacity of the security agencies especially in the fight against terror.

“We will be looking at securing the area against terror by enforcing the work of the police and other areas that are necessary to combat terrorism, in Kenya and other countries in the region,” he said.

Jensen was speaking on Monday during a Dannish Business Network in Kenya forum in Nairobi. The network consists of 42 firms from Denmark operating in the country.

The forum also involved the review of a wind project which is being carried out by Vestas, a Dannish firm in coordination with other global firms.

The project dubbed Wind for Prosperity will see up to 13 wind power sites established in Kenya mainly in remote areas.

“These sites are meant to be in off grid areas; so the power will benefit the local communities around the turbines. We are targeting one and three turbines and each has 660 kilowatts,” Vestas Head of Global affairs Morten Dyrholm said.

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