Germany offers €250 million support to Kenya

Water and IrrigationMARIAH MACHARIA
NAIROBI, (CAJ News) – GERMANY has pledged €250 million in the development cooperation with Kenya in the next two years, Ambassador to Kenya, Jutta Frasch, said.

Speaking in Nairobi, she said spoke at the opening of first ever Kenya-German Water Week  at the Kenya Water Institute, she said negotiations for the funds between the two countries were concluded last month.

The money would be expended in 2017 and 2018.

The ambassador said water was one of the sectors that would greatly benefit from the funding.

Water and Irrigation Cabinet Secretary, Eugene Wamalwa, who officially opened the conference said accelerated involvement of the private sector in water provision would enable the country to address its water scarcity.

“Kenya is a water-scarce country. Sixty-five per cent in urban areas are covered and only 49 per cent in rural areas. Sanitation stands at 20 per cent.
Continued urbanization leads to more demand. Our economic growth is also raising the demand for industrial water,” said Wamalwa.

German water experts are in the country to train their Kenyan counterparts on latest technology and trends in water and wastewater management. It precedes the first Kenya Water Week which will be held next month.

The experts, brought in courtesy of the German government, will hold a five-day workshop in Nairobi, with participants drawn from stakeholders in the industry.

Since 2009, a total of 1,6 million people in poor urban areas have benefited from access to clean water through the German-Kenyan cooperation.
In Western Kenya, a further 400 000 now have sustainable access to water.

“Water and sanitation, especially in urban areas, are issues that need to be addressed urgently. The workshop will focus on latest technological advances to help more people access clean water,” said the Country Director of the Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya, Maren Diale-Schellschmidt.

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