NAIROBI, Kenya – Last week, during President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya, the White House announced that the U.S. Trade and Development Agency reached an agreement with the Government of the Republic of Kenya to reopen its programs in the country. USTDA’s portfolio in Kenya will support the goals of a Memorandum of Understanding that the U.S. and Kenyan Governments signed to cooperate in developing Kenya’s infrastructure.
“We are very proud to be here today to relaunch a partnership with Kenya that will support this country’s ambitious plans to build modern, sustainable infrastructure,” said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak. “From enhancing ports and airports to generating new power, we stand ready to support the essential preparation required to help projects reach implementation and financing.”
USTDA supports key infrastructure development projects in Africa, and around the world, by helping those projects move from concept to implementation utilizing the expertise and resources of the U.S. private sector. For more than 30 years, USTDA has played an important role in building rail lines, power plants, airports and undersea fiber optic cables across Africa. Utilizing its customizable toolkit of project planning activities, technical assistance and reverse trade missions, the Agency will work with the Kenyan public and private sectors to ensure that Kenya’s Vision 2025 plan realizes its maximum impact and benefits all Kenyans.
With the conclusion of this agreement, USTDA will be able to support important joint initiatives such as Power Africa, Trade Africa and other priority infrastructure efforts in Kenya. USTDA’s program helps to create infrastructure that is high quality and built to last, so that its partner countries can realize the full value of their investments. Well-built infrastructure is a critical catalyst for a high-growth economy, as it increases efficiency and lowers costs for all who use it. Strong, sustainable infrastructure will attract business, facilitate trade and connect Kenya to the region and the world.