Germany offers 390.3m euros for Kenya development


Germany committed 390.3 million euros towards Kenya’s development between 2010 and 2013.

Kenyan Foreign Affairs Minister Ambassador Amina Mohammed held talks Sunday with visiting German counterpart Frank Walter Steinmeier on promoting ties.

“Kenya is a country that has continued to promote regional cooperation,” Steinmeier told reporters.He cited the East African Community (EAC) summit hosted by Kenya on Friday.

“We are interested to hear more about all those areas in which it has been possible to initiate cooperation at a regional level,” said Steinmeier.

The summit saw Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta handing over the chairmanship of the five-member regional bloc to his Tanzanian counterpart, Jakaya Kikwete.

He noted that intra-EAC trade grew from $3.5 billion in 2009 to about $5.8 billion in 2013.

Steinmeier said Germany was more than happy to support Kenya in ensuring regional cooperation.

“It is not only the area of regional cooperation that we have an interest in, we also want to make sure that our bilateral relationship continues to flourish,” he asserted.I have come here with quite an impressive delegation representing a broad spectrum of our society and also representatives from our business community,” added the top diplomat.

His Kenyan counterpart, for her part, asserted that development cooperation between the two countries has continued to grow over the past 50 years.