France's Voltalia Invests Big in Kenya

Posted on :Friday , 5th April 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron, who traveled to Kenya with a business delegation, saw the signing of more than EUR 2 billion ($ 2.26 billion) in infrastructure contracts.

Renewables company Voltalia signed a contract of EUR 70 million for two solar power plants, while an Airbus - led consortium has won a contract of EUR 200 million for coastal and maritime monitoring.
 
The deals also included a EUR 1.6 billion 30-year concession for a consortium led by Vinci to operate a highway between Nairobi Summit and Mau.
 
President Emmanuel Macron, who seeks to boost trade in the region of East Africa, signed the contracts during his  four-day trip to East Africa.
 
Kenya is East Africa's most advanced economy, with a liberal business environment and a entrepreneurial culture but only 1.4% of French companies make up for the market share.
 
The amount of French exports to Kenya in 2017 was $ 170 million or $ 225.80 million, while the number one trading partner in Kenya, China, exported $ 3.8 trillion worth of goods.
 
“France has supported Kenya for several years in development projects … but we are not sufficiently economically and industrially,” Macron said on Wednesday night in a news conference with Kenyatta.

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