[5th April 2013]

HIS EXCELLENCY AMBASSADOR BENSON H.O. OGUTU TOURS JICA PROJECTS IN MOMBASA

H.E. the Ambassador pays a courtesy call on Eng. Abdullahi Samatar, General Manager of Infrastructure Development at Kenya Port Authority – KPA, 21st March, 2013.

H.E. Amb. Benson H.O. Ogutu visited selected Japan International Cooperation Agency – JICA projects in Mombasa on 21st March, 2013. The visit was organized by the JICA Office in Nairobi. Accompanying the Ambassador during the inspection tour were the following JICA officials in Kenya: Mr. Hideo Eguchi, Chief Representative; Mr. Koji Noda and Mr. Evans Maturu.

During the visit, H.E. the Ambassador had a guided tour to the JICA's second container terminal under construction by Toyo Corporation and also Mombasa port development projects. Japan is currently involved in the construction of three berths at the port of Mombasa. The Ambassador was impressed with the major developments at the port whose aim was to enhance the capacity and efficiency of the Mombasa Port hence the increase in the maritime trade in Eastern and Central Africa region. Mombasa Port Project began on 20th November, 2007 and is expected to be completed in November, 2015.

In addition to the port project, Japan had also signed Kshs. 29 billion loan agreement for the construction of the Dongokundu bypass in Mombasa Island in June, 2012. H.E. President Mwai Kibaki said the signing of the loan agreement between Kenya and Japan paved the way for the commencement of the construction of the bypass that will not only ease traffic in the Coastal city of Mombasa but also open up the South Coast for rapid development.

H.E. the Ambassador also had a courtesy call on Eng. Abdullahi Samatar, General Manager Infrastructure Development at the Kenya Port Authority.

H.E. the Ambassador is showed around by one of the constructers of JICA second terminal, 21st March, 2013.

Ongoing construction work at the JICA second container terminal in Mombasa

H.E. Ambassador Benson H.O. Ogutu during the inspection tour at the JICA second terminal under construction in Mombsa, 21st March, 2013.

H.E. the Ambassador (standing 2nd from right) visits the Port Control Tower in Mombasa, 21st March, 2013.

H.E. the Ambassador (4th from left) at the briefing room of Kenya Ports Authority, 21st March, 2013.

Eng. Samatar explains to H.E. the Ambassador.

H.E. the Ambassador exchnages gifts with Eng. Samatar, General Manager Infrastructure Development at Kenya Ports Authority, 21st March, 2013.

 

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