Yesterday, UK High Commisioner Nic Hailey visited Lamu County where he met with the County leaders for discussions focusing on areas of mutual partnership including investment, security cooperation and capacity building.
Mr Hailey discussed the how the UK can support Lamu, as one of the ten cities which will benefit from an £8 billion funding initiative, with Governor Fahim Twaha.
“We want to give Lamu a new face. We want the unemployed youths to get jobs, we do not want to have a city surrounded by slums and poor people,” the High Commissioner said.
“There are 300 British companies operating in Kenya, we want to bring more to do business at the Port as we have worked at the Mombasa port,” he added.
Later the High Commissioner toured Lamu Port, accompanied by Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) project Chairman Titus Ibui, County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri and TradeMark East Africa Country Director Ahmed Farah.
Mr Farah said he was “honoured to accompany Mr Hailey during his first visit to the Lamu Port.”
“The Port will have a total of 32 berths when completed, connected by interregional highways, new railway line and pipeline from the Port to Juba and to Addis Ababa; it will be game changer,” he added.
Commenting on the visit, Mr Hailey said it was: “Good to see Lamu port coming along and discuss how UK can support, ensuring it creates good jobs for local communities. UK has funded development of Lamu port city master plan and invested in vocational training for young Lamu resident.”
@UKinKenya High Commissioner @HCNicHailey With KPA GM #LamuPort Eng. Abdulahi Samatar When He Toured The Project Today. He Was Received By The @lapsset Chairman Titus Ibui And County Commissioner Joseph Kanyiri And Accompanied By @TradeMarkEastA Country Director @AFarah12 pic.twitter.com/kInDp3vZKw
— #ProtocolKE (@AbdishukriOsman) October 18, 2018
When complete, the Port will be able to dock the world’s largest cargo vessels in the world, the 400m long, 22K TEU capacity ships.
The UK has said it is committed to working in partnership with Kenya, to promote jobs, mutual growth, harness potential of new industries, infrastructure and technologies.
Nzioka Waita, the Chief of Staff at the Office of the President said: “We look forward to partnering with British firms at the Port to offer transshipment & other logistics services for Africa’s eastern seaboard.”