On December 7, 2018 Kenya and Germany successfully concluded government negotiations on the development cooperation programme for the next two years. Germany has committed approximatly 110 million US dollars Official Development Assistance. At the sidelines, German Ambassador Annett Günther and CS Henry Rotich also signed outstanding government agreements on technical and financial cooperation which will render accessible approximatly 340 million US dollars from commitments made in previous years by the German Government to the Kenyan people.
The negotiations aimed to agree on the development cooperation programme for the next two years 2019 and 2020. The overarching framework of this year’s government negotiations was defined by the Vision 2030, the MTP III, the Big 4 Agenda as well as the “Marshall Plan with Africa” being the new strategic Basis for German Development Cooperation.
The government negotiations took place in an open and constructive atmosphere and were concluded by the signing of joint summary records. For the Kenyan side Cabinet Secretary to the Treasury, Mr. Henry K. Rotich signed. For the German side, the Director for East Africa of the Federal Ministry of Development Cooperation, Mr. Niels Breyer, signed and said “I am impressed by the high potential Kenya has for reaching its ambitious Vision 2030 and the Big 4 Agenda: A vivid and innovative private sector, economic growth, well educated people, fertile soil, beautiful nature for tourism to Name but some features”.
Both sides agreed to focus on the following areas for 2019 and 2020: In the area of agriculture, cooperation will focus on youth employment and agribusiness as well as strengthening productivity in Western Kenya and enhancing drought resilience and food security in Turkana and Marsabit.
In the area of Sustainable Economic Development, Kenya and German decided to strengthen its Kenyan-German TVET initiative which started last year. Three centres of excellence and hubs for young entrepreneurs will be established aiming at empowering Kenya’s youth and bringing them into employment.
In order to promote good governance Germany offers support to Kenya’s anti-corruption policies as well as the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030. Last but not least, Germany will support refugees and refugee hosting communities in Kakuma and Kalobyei. Furthermore, Germany reaffirmed its cooperation on renewable energy and climate change.
The two countries agreed to deepen their cooperation in implementing the Paris Agreement on Climate Change through ongoing coordination and new projects that aim at enhancing resilience and forest conservation supported through Germany’s International Climate Initiative.