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Japan & African leaders pledge to fight terrorism

Uhuru Kenyatta said Japan does not press its own views on Africa & is a force for African development.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Picture: @AbeShinzo.

PRETORIA - Wrapping up their Afro-Japanese summit in Nairobi, leaders have pledged to fight terrorism and emphasised the importance of rules-based maritime order.

The Nairobi Declaration adopted at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development or TICAD, has leaders' agreement to promote investment in infrastructure that leads to job creation in the region.

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country's public and private sectors will offer cooperation for the development that is led by Africa itself.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, sitting alongside him at the press conference, says Japan does not press its own views on the continent and continues to be a force for African development.

Abe has pledged that Japan will mobilize a total of $30 billion in private and public-sector funds to invest in Africa over three years to boost infrastructure-building on the resource-rich continent.

Japan will also provide a concessional loan to the Olkaria geothermal project, operated by state-run Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), the two leaders added.

KenGen has a total production capacity of 1,618 megawatts, of which 514 MW is from geothermal.

Japan has provided loans and technical assistance to KenGen power projects in the past, among them a $408-million loan deal signed in March to build a 140 MW geothermal plant expected to be operational within two years.

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