Kenya to receive Sh216 billion from EU’s Emergency Trust Fund

KENYA will receive €1.8 billion (Sh216.7 billion) from the European Union Emergency Trust Fund to foster stability and counter radicalisation.

The fund also seeks to address the refugee crisis in the Sahel region of Lake Chad, the Horn of Africa and North Africa.

European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica yesterday said Kenya will receive the cash for her role in helping refugees and coping with radicalisation and extremism.

“The fund aims to help foster stability in the regions and contribute to better migration management. More specifically, it will address the root causes of destabilisation, forced displacement and irregular migration by promoting economic and equal opportunities, security and development,” he said.

Mimica addressed the media yesterday at the Sarova Hotel, Nairobi, after bilateral talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.

The two leaders addressed the security challenges Kenya faces, including terrorism.

Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda will also receive cash from the fund.

The EU has also allocated Sh52.2 billion to Kenya for agriculture and good governance.

Mimica praised Kenya for hosting refugees from Somalia, South Sudan and other countries.

He said EU will strengthen economic ties with the member countries.

The fund offers economic and social empowerment to vulnerable communities, including children and women.