, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 29 – As they come to the close of their regional tour, global institutions leaders led by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon have pledged to focus on supporting peace efforts in Kenya and the Horn of Africa region.
Speaking at State House in Nairobi, Ban said they were keen on stability in Somalia, adding that insecurity there continues to affect neighbouring countries in the Horn of Africa region including Kenya.
“We came here with a common message; there cannot be any lasting peace and security without development, and there can be no development without peace and security,” Ban said.
He also touched on supporting the region in fighting terrorism as well as reducing poverty and helping spur business activities in the region.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the bank will be investing Sh355 billion ($4 billion) in Kenya in the next three years to support developmental projects.
“The World Bank Group is committed to helping Kenya find new opportunities for growth. We have a portfolio of nearly $5 billion and we project to invest another $4 billion in the next three years, under a new country partnership strategy for Kenya,” Kim assured.
The two were accompanied by President of the Islamic Development Bank Group Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, high level representatives of the African Union Commission and the European Union.
The partners jointly pledged over Sh715 billion to eight countries in the Horn of Africa including Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.
On his part, President Uhuru Kenyatta called on the regional leaders to now work together and ensure that they meet the laid targets of ensuring peace, security and development.
“We leaders in the region will need to be fully engaged, while our partners in turn respond as necessary. We will continue to contribute our resources, expertise and attention to the urgent work of building a stable region,” President Kenyatta said while appreciating the efforts made by the delegation to personally tour the Horn of Africa