TAORMINA, Italy, May 27 – Japan has pledged to continue supporting Kenya’s energy sector.
Japanese PM Shinzo Abe gave the assurance to President Uhuru Kenyatta Saturday during a meeting on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Taormina, Italy.
“He spoke on support for port of Mombasa and for the energy partnership. He hoped that Japan would continue to support South Sudan a sister country currently facing a number of challenges,” Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohamed said after the talks.
Premier Abe thanked Kenya for hosting the successful TICAD conference and informed President Kenyatta of Japan’s intention to pull its engineering battalion from South Sudan.
“But he clearly confirmed the intention of Japan to support South Sudan through its official development aid,” CS Mohamed said.
Abe expressed a desire to continue working with Kenya at the multilateral level including on the threat from North Korea.
At the summit, Italian PM Paolo Gentiloni spoke of the of the importance of dialogue with Africa, and need for G7 to continue to be involved with both trade and aid.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged closer cooperation to promote innovation and technology transfer, to seek leapfrogging solutions such as mobile telephony.
Merkel is expected to invite a select group of Africans to G20 to continue dialogue.