, NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 25 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has begun a three day visit in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where he is expected to woo more investors.
The head of state arrived in Dubai late Saturday accompanied by first lady Margaret and a large government and private sector delegation which had traveled with him to Russia and China since last week.
Businessman Chris Kirubi is among five top investors who accompanied the president to China.
A statement from State House said that the President is expected to discuss Kenya’s trade agenda with authorities and the business community in Dubai.
The President is expected back in the country on Tuesday and will head straight to Mombasa where he will host a regional infrastructure summit, the State House statement said.
Kenyatta spent the better part of last week in China where he secured Sh 425 billion in grants for various projects.
The hefty package, included support to combat wildlife poaching in Kenya, infrastructure among others.
In securing the deal, President Kenyatta said that China was committed to help Kenya fight poaching which has continued to pose a major threat to the country’s elephant numbers and other wildlife species.
He said the Chinese Government has also offered to improve surveillance around national parks and game reserves.
The President added that China will also help with capacity building to enable the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) deal with poachers effectively.
During the trip, the President addressed a wide range of issues, including bilateral relations, economic partnerships, food security and general security.
President Kenyatta said China was working with Kenya to ensure security agencies have the latest equipment and technology to undertake their mandate effectively to guarantee Kenyans their security at all times. He said China and Kenya had entered into a partnership to fight terrorism and piracy, which are threats to the safety of Kenyans.
The President said his visit contributed to the signing of an agreement that will see the financing for geothermal power generation to the tune of $1 billion.
The initiative is expected to assist the government raise power generation capacity to more than 5,000 megawatts from the current 1,600 megawatts.