KPA MD William Ruto reiterates ports projects undertaken with JICA

Kenya: Managing Director (MD) of Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) – Captain William Ruto, has reiterated the commitment of the government to oversee the full implementation of the ports projects that are being undertaken in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Reportedly, Captain Ruto had conversation with his team members from JICA at KPA Headquarter, on the progress of the development of the Dondo Kundu Special Economic Zones, majorly in Mombasa which is supported by JICA.

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According to the recent reports, Dongo Kundu SEZ is being developed now on a 3000-acre land and will comprise of a free port, industrial parks, free trade zone and warehousing, among other projects.

Considering this, the senior Vice President of JICA – Ando Naoki said that the two nations will continue to strengthen the bilateral ties and foster economic collaboration, in the future.

MD of KPA Captain William Ruto with Vice President of JICA Ando Naoki
MD of KPA Captain William Ruto with Vice President of JICA Ando Naoki

Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) is a governmental agency that delivers the bulk and parcels of Official Development Assistance (ODA) for the government of Japan.

JICA is chartered with the economic and social growth in developing the countries and promoting the international cooperation.

As per the reports from OECD, Japan’s total official development assistance (ODA) US $17.5 billion, grant equivalent methodology preliminary data, has increased in 2022 due to an increase in its bilateral lending, that has supported Ukraine.

ODA has represented 0.39% of Gross National Income (GNI). The OECD’s Development Assistance Committee has published a peer review of Japan’s development cooperation in October 2020.

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The Development Assistance Committee is led by Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka, who is the former President of the International University of Japan from 2015 to 2022.

Photograph from the meeting of KPA with JICA
Photograph from the meeting of KPA with JICA

Notably, Professor Akihiko Tanaka assumed the presidency of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on April 01, 2022 as the successor to Professor Shinichi Kataoka.

Kenya Ports Authority is Growing Business and Enriching Lives. KPA understands the role of the maritime and shipping industry plays, as a critical cog that fuels the growth of the economies through the bulk movement of cargo by sea.

KPA is a completely, owned State Corporation that was established through an Act of Parliament in January 1978. It is mandatory for KPA to manage and operate all the scheduled seaports and Inland waterways along Kenya’s coastline.

It includes the coastline of Mombasa, Lamu, Kisumu, Malindi, Kilifi, Mtwapa, Kiunga, Shimoni, Funzi and Vanga. KPA also manages the Inland Container Depots in Nairobi, Eldoret and Naivasha.