AKL and Lord Hollick host meeting in London with UKTI to discuss Kenyan infrastructure development opportunities for British companies

London, UK: 20 October 2015

Lord Hollick, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Kenya and Tanzania, and Kenyan social impact infrastructure developer, AKL, spoke to a group that included the key British international development and trade agencies – UKTI, UKEF, DFID, and CDC – plus over 30 UK companies, at a roundtable meeting at the BIS Conference Centre this morning to discuss opportunities to develop Kenya's Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) alongside AKL's already robust partnerships with the US Government and private sector companies. AKL described its project, and welcomed UK participation at all levels.

AKL has proposed the development of an integrated suite of critical infrastructure projects that will form the cornerstone of the Access East Africa Trade Corridor and eventually unlock East and Central Africa's otherwise trapped social and economic potential. This suite of integrated infrastructure includes a six berth port in Lamu along with an 880MW LNG power station with co-generated desalination, a railway from Lamu to Central Kenya and to the borders of Ethiopia and South Sudan, fibre optic rural broadband, and the crude oil export pipeline connecting Ugandan and Kenyan oil fields to the port in Lamu. It is estimated that the full suite of projects will take between 8-10 years to complete.

AKL and its consortium of companies are supported by an unprecedented Government-to-Government Infrastructure MOU signed by U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for National Treasury Henry Rotich during President Obama’s historic visit to Kenya earlier in the year.

AKL CEO Richard Herbert, who presented AKL’s vision for the Access East Africa Trade Corridor at the breakfast, said “we are delighted to see this extraordinary collection of UK talent turn out in support of our efforts in East Africa. We welcome UK businesses into our consortium, and are eager for the UK Government to join the US Government in supporting our effort to help enable economic growth and promote security while maintaining the highest standards of excellence, social and environmental protection, and transparent governance.” Download PDF Here...


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