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Wednesday, 18 August 2010

EU to Spend Sh10 Billion on Local Projects

The European Union will spend Sh10 billion in Kenya this year for various projects, the Head of European Union delegation to Kenya, Eric Van Linden, has said. Mr Van Linden said Kenya is a priority in EU's development policy and strategy, and following the enactment of the new constitution in the country, the union will increase funding in infrastructure in arid and semi-arid areas, among others. The EU, he said, will give Kenya technical expertise to hasten the devolution process envisioned in the new constitution, a process that will spur rural growth and reduce poverty. He noted that apart from the grants being channelled to the country through the European Commission, 19 other members of the EU in Kenya will continue to offer increased bilateral support to the country, to hasten the achievements of some of the Millennium Development Goals and boost Kenya's exports to the EU. Mr Van Linden was speaking on Friday during the launch of a book on lessons learnt in the implementation of a 4-year EU funded Rural Poverty Reduction and Local Government Support Programme, in which the Union spent Sh1.6 billion in the last four years in providing technical and infrastructure development funding to 83 local authorities across the country. On infrastructure development, he announced that the tendering process for the construction of the Timboroa-Webuye and Malaba highway is complete and that the construction will begin soon as part of the northern corridor development road system.

Source: Allafrica