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Infrastructure still our priority, says Kibaki

NAIROBI, November 18 – President Mwai Kibaki has re-affirmed the government\’s commitment to developing new infrastructure in the country.

The plan will include rehabilitating the existing road network and revitalisation of railway links in addition to Information Communication Technology development.

"The various socio-economic and political reforms introduced by the government and the current political climate in the country are conducive for investors," the President said during a meeting with Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen.

The Head of State urged the Danish investors to take advantage of the trade and investment opportunities existing in the country adding that Kenya was the gateway to both the East African region and the Greater Lakes region.

During the talks, President Kibaki briefed Mr Rasmussen on the achievements of the Grand Coalition Government and the various reforms it has introduced to achieve a stable and prosperous democracy.

He expressed appreciation of Denmark\’s support to Kenya citing a recent grant of Sh534 million to sustain environmental conservation programmes countrywide.

President Kibaki noted that Denmark\’s development programmes were closely aligned with the Kenya\’s strategies, reforms and policies.

On his part the visiting Prime Minister hailed the cordial relations existing between the two countries saying that Kenya is among top ten largest recipients of Danish support.

Danish NGOs in Kenya mainly focus on advocacy and capacity building, human rights and democratisation as well as civic education.

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Other subjects of concern to the NGOs include issues affecting children and the youth, small-scale farming and natural resource management.

In attendance were Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetangula, Head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet Amb Francis Muthaura.

Denmark\’s Ambassador to Kenya, Mr Bo Jensen accompanied the Prime Minister.

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