Kenya obtains loan from Belgium to fund power project

power transmission station22 August 2013, Nairobi — The Kenyan government has signed Sh3.1 billion loan agreements with the Belgian government that will facilitate the Sondu-Homabay-Kisii Rural Electrification Project and the E-government private network County Connectivity Project Phase 2, CCP 2.

National Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge says the Sondu -Homabay-Kisii Rural Electrification Project will construct an 85-kilometre (Km) electrification power distribution line consisting of 132 kilowatts.

Thugge says the E-government private network CCP 2 involves installation of communication equipment and applications in 17 county office headquarters and 18 national government ministries headquarters in Nairobi.

“The E-government Private Network Control Centre for the 47 counties and the 18 Central Government Ministries is located on the second floor of the Treasury building, and the Private Network Control Centre is for communication of both voice and data between Counties and the Central Government Ministries,” he said.

He said that the project when complete will modernize the government’s communication technology infrastructure and also increase efficiency of key government services that will ensure efficient delivery of services.

He said that the CCP 1 that was to create access to the National Optical Fibre Backbone Infrastructure, NOFBI, in 28 counties will be complete by the end of August 2013.

He urged the two implementing ministries to fast track the implementations of these projects to ensure that Kenyans can benefit from these facilities.

The CCP is part of Kenya’s 2010 constitutional imperative to devolve governmental power to 47 counties, and is managed by the consortium of Siemens Enterprise Communications and the Belgian Soulco Projects.

– Kennedy Kangethe, Capital FM

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