Nairobi, Kenya — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 06 March 2012 – The government of Kenya has signed a power purchase deal with the Ethiopian government which will involve the import of 400 megawatts (MW) of electricity annually from the Addis Ababa government.
Making this announcement here at a state banquet in honour of the visiting Ethiopian Premier Meles Zenawi, President Kibaki of Kenya said the agreement was a good achievement that showed the interdependency of the two countries in the pursuit of the socio-economic development of their peoples. He cited limited infrastructural connectivity and the low level of energy availability as some of the major challenges to the enhancement of trade between the two countries.
The President commended the Ethiopian government for initiating hydro power generation projects beneficial to the region and expressed gratitude that Kenya and Ethiopia had, over the last year, taken concrete measures to enhance bilateral relations by signing a bilateral trade agreement. “I am certain that we can facilitate increased trade by working closely within the COMESA framework as well as the Bilateral Trade Agreement”, said the President.
Zenawi reassured that the relationship between Kenya and Ethiopia was so firm that even the change of government and ideological differences could not make a difference. The Prime Minister reaffirmed that Ethiopia would work with other countries in the sub region to bring tangible development.