Kenya’s government is looking to deepen its bilateral ties with Germany as the East African country taps the European nation for assistance in developing its capital city.
Nairobi County Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko confirmed the plans as he received a German delegation led by Deputy Ambassador Michael Derus in his office this week.
“We discussed various issues of developing our great City of Nairobi,” the Governor said in a statement.
Sonko’s administration has been working with international partners to deepen investment in the County. Germany, in particular, has been keen to capitalize on Kenya’s investment potential in recent months.
Wilo, Germany’s water pumps and pump systems manufacturer, announced last October that the firm is set to open an assembly plant in Nairobi.
Wilo Country Manager, Belete Asnake said at the time that the assembly plant will be fully operational by the year 2020, when it will serve the entire Eastern African region.
Governor Sonko is also increasing efforts aimed at spurring job creation for the County’s youth by partnering with international organisations.
“Sports is one of the key pillars when it comes to youth job creation. We are in discussion with some international partners and soon we are hosting some renowned sports legends in our great city of Nairobi who will educate us in various sectors,” he said in a recent statement.
Early last year, Kenya signed a joint declaration of intent for the establishment of a learning institution known as the Eastern African-German University of Applied Sciences in Kenya.
The deal was signed at an event dubbed the second German-African Business Summit, which was held on African soil for the first time in 2017.
The Ksh3 billion ($30 million) deal will see the Kenya-based institution offer Undergraduate, Masters and Vocational-oriented academic training in close co-operation with industry players. Stakeholders hope the move will create thousands of employment opportunities in the region.