French President expected in Kenya next month

French President expected in Kenya next month

By Samuel Ouma | @journalist_27

President Uhuru Kenyatta will host French President Emmanuel Macron mid next month during his two-day State visit in the country.

In a statement posted on its twitter page, the State House said the French Ambassador to Kenya Aline Kuster-Menager confirmed the visit when she paid a courtesy call on President Kenya at State House, Nairobi on Monday, February 18.

Upon receiving the information, the Head of the State expressed his delight noting that he expects the visit to break new ground in the bilateral relations between Kenya and France.

“Traditionally, Kenya and France enjoy strong bilateral ties and I am pleased that we have continued to deepen the relations. I can look forward to the visit by President Macron,” said Kenyatta.

Macron and Kenyatta are expected to sign several agreements and Memorandum of Understandings covering subjects of mutual interest between the two countries. One of the projects that is likely to feature is the proposed rapid transit train service between Nairobi Central Business District and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The main objective of the project is to decongest the City’s roads. The Nairobi Metropolitant Area Transport Authority had hinted at a possibility of borrowing Colombia’s bus rapid transit model in Bogota to improve public transport network in the city. The system will see construction of special lanes for high capacity buses and Kenyans swipe their smart cards loaded with cash to gain entry into the bus stations and wait for buses inside the stations.




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