Danish Prime Minister to pay Kenya a visitWritten By:Claire Wanja/Release
|Caption: Anders Fogh Rasmussen will be the first head of government from a European country to visit Kenya since the 2007 elections.|
The Danish Prime Minister Mr. Anders Fogh Rasmussen will be in the country from Monday till Wednesday this week.
He will be the first head of government from a European country to visit Kenya since the 2007 elections.
The Prime Minister will call on H.E. President Mwai Kibaki and H.E. Prime Minister Raila Odinga for political consultations.
He will also meet with leaders from the business community to discuss growth and employment strategies.
He is also expected to witness the signing of an agreement between the Danish Embassy and the Micro-Enterprise Support Programme Trust (MESPT).
Mr. Rasmussen will brief his dialogue partners about the Africa Commission on Effective Development Cooperation with Africa that he has established with several prominent African leaders as members.
The main focus of the Commission is on growth and youth employment and he will discuss the preliminary conclusions of the Commission with Kenyan leaders and business representatives.
Denmark is a long standing partner of Kenya, not least in development cooperation.
Last year Denmark disbursed DKK 205 million (KSH 2.8 billion) for development programmes in the country.
The majority was allocated for sector programmes in health, agriculture, business, environment, water and good governance.
The Danish programme works through government as well as civil society and the private sector. Denmark is heavily engaged in donor co-ordination and chairs the Donor Coordination Group.
Danish support for business development in Kenya will be in focus during the discussions.
The programme is quite diverse and provides approximately 700 million Shillings annually in support of the Government's Private Sector Development Strategy.
This includes business advocacy funds, business development services in support of value chains, micro-finance and strengthening of the labour market.
In addition Denmark provides 350 million Shillings annually in support of Business-to-Business partnerships between Danish and Kenyan companies.
Last year the Industrialisation Fund for Developing Countries, which provides funding for joint ventures, opened an office in Nairobi and has already invested 700 mio. Kenya Shillings.
Also Danish companies are heavily involved in Kenya.
A Danish company BWSC has recently invested in the 90 MW power plant to be established in Rabai near Mombasa. Maersk Container Line is the dominant container handler in East Africa and runs its regional operations from Nairobi.
But more than 25 small and medium sized companies have established partnerships with Kenyan companies over the last 3-4 years.
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