NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 19 – President Uhuru Kenyatta has jetted back from Japan after a successful official visit where he secured more commitments for Japanese investments in Kenya.
The President who attended the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in Sendai city also secured commitments by Japan to support Kenya and other countries in setting up mechanisms to deal with disasters.
Japan, which has suffered greatly from natural disasters, has succeeded in setting up mitigation measures and Kenya expects to learn from its experience and challenges to partner with the Asian country in setting up its own mechanisms.
During the visit, President Kenyatta held fruitful talks with the Japan leadership on matters pertaining to bilateral engagement where the host country pledged some $38 million (Sh3.5bn) to support Kenya’s universal healthcare.
President Kenyatta met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Toyota Tsusho CEO Jun Karube who promised to deepen their relationship with Kenya for the benefit of the two nations.
The Toyota Tsusho CEO said a team would be visiting Kenya next month to explore the prospects of a multi-million shilling investment that will significantly transform Kenya’s motor vehicle industry.
Toyota Tsusho Corporation said it intends to invest billions of dollars in Kenya’s energy sector after it successfully build the 280-megawatt Olkaria plants that have significantly enhanced Kenya’s “green” credentials.
The projects include a unit of Olkaria I and V, and Olkaria VI. Other fields of interest included Menengai, Akiira, Longonot, Baringo-Silali and Suswa power projects, Toyota Tsusho CEO Jun Karube told the President.
The President also addressed the Kenya-Japan Business Forum in Tokyo attended by about 100 Japanese companies, some of them in the Fortune 500 list, as he concluded his five-day visit to Japan.
At the event, Japanese business leaders voiced their increasing appetite to invest in Kenya, given the conducive business environment created by the Kenya Government.
Before winding up his visit to Japan, the President held talks with JICA’s President Akihiko Tanaka, KEIDANREN’s Co-Chair of Sub-Saharan Africa Yutaka Kase and Mitsui Company’s CEO Tatsuo Yasunaga.
The plane carrying President Kenyatta and his delegation touched down at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 11.00 pm.
On arrival the President was received by the Deputy President William Ruto and other senior Government officials.