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80pc of Singaporeans live in Govt houses; Uhuru hears from Deputy PM

MOMBASA, Kenya, June 15 – President Uhuru Kenyatta today met visiting Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam where the two discussed the successes of Singapore Government in providing affordable housing, port management and aviation.

Currently, 80pc of Singaporeans live in government-built apartments. There are about one million Housing and Development Board (HDB) apartments, said Shanmugaratnam, largely clustered in new towns that extend around the city’s coastal core.

As part of his Big Four Agenda, President Kenyatta has set a goal of developing 500,000 affordable houses in five years.

On port management and aviation, Singapore’s logistics sector has built a world-class infrastructure and processes.

Currently, the country is setting up a blockchain based supply chain platform to track and trace cargo movement.

The Singapore Deputy Prime Minister has been in the country holding meetings with various leaders and stakeholders in government and private sector.

He also held talks with Cabinet Secretaries Henry Rotich, (National Treasury and Planning) Amb. Monica Juma, (Foreign Affairs and International Trade) and James Macharia (Transport and Infrastructure).

During his visit, he also witnessed the signing of a comprehensive agreement for the avoidance of double taxation.

Additionally, CS Monica Juma will be leading a Kenyan delegation to the Africa-Singapore Business Forum to be held in August this year.

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Earlier, President Kenyatta received a goodwill message from The Sudan special envoy Ambassador Dr. Aldirdeiry Mohamed Ahmed.

The special envoy commended President Kenyatta’s initiatives on Sudan’s economic empowerment, regional security and bilateral relations.

Also in attendance were the Deputy President William Ruto, Cabinet Secretaries Monica Juma and Najib Balala.

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