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Kenya’s Big Four agenda received a boost after the UK announced on Tuesday a 20 billion Kenya shillings ($184 million) investment for the projects.

The Big Four agenda was conceived by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta to boost food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable health care.

Kenyatta, who is on a three-day visit to the UK, where he will co-chair the Global Education Summit with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, oversaw the signing of the deal.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the funds by the new UK government and private investment into the Big 4 Projects, noting an additional 5.2 billion Kenya shillings ($479,000) of UK aid will be matched by 3.5 billion Kenya shillings ($322,000) of private investment to finance 10,000 green affordable homes in Kenya.

“These new homes will be energy and water-efficient properties for low and middle-income families, and will contribute to Kenya’s goal of building 500,000 new affordable homes by 2022,” he said.

Johnson made the invitation to his counterpart during a business forum hosted Raab and the Lord Mayor of London William Russell at Mansion House, the Lord Mayor's official residence.

Kenyatta announced Kenya’s ambition to deepen cooperation with the Foreign Commonwealth Development Office (FCDO) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be formalized between the National Treasury and the Private Sector Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG).

“The cooperation with Foreign Commonwealth Development Office is for possible funding, through Private Sector Infrastructure Development Group, of 1.3 million US Dollars to support early and transaction-stage PPP project development activities in Kenya," he said.

Kenyatta was joined at the ceremony by Treasury Secretary Ukur Yattani, Foreign Affairs Secretary Raychelle Omamo and Mohammed Aden from the East African Community and Regional Development.

The centerpiece of the Kenyan leader’s visit will be co-chairing the Global Education Summit, which aims to raise $5 billion to educate children across the developing world in the next five years. Kenyatta will also meet senior members of the UK royal family. Anadolu Agency

Photo Courtesy Sky News/Yahoo News

The latest data also shows 43,153 more people in the UK have received their first COVID-19 vaccine, taking the total number of adults to have received one jab to 46,519,998.

Another 191,045 people had their second dose, bringing the total number of double jabbed adults to 36,953,691.

Meanwhile, government scientists have warned coronavirus testing services could become overwhelmed due to rising infections.

The scientists' warning comes as it was announced a new coronavirus variant is under investigation by Public Health England (PHE).

Experts are analysing instances of the B.1.621 variant found in pockets of the UK.

The variant, which is not shown to cause more severe illness, has also been found in other countries including Colombia, the US and Spain.

The government announced it is expanding workplace testing and people in frontline roles such as police, fire and the Border Force, will be able to avoid quarantine - regardless of vaccine status - if they are a close contact of a positive COVID case. Sky News/Yahoo News

Tehran, IRNA - Presidents of Tanzania and Kenya congratulated Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi on Friday. Photo IRNA

 

The Tanzanian and Kenyan presidents in separate message congratulated Raisi on his victory in last month's presidential election in Iran.

Last Thursday, President of the Republic of the Congo (Congo-Brazzaville) Denis Sassou Nguesso and Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina congratulated in separate messages Iran's President-elect Ebrahim Raisi on his victory in Iran's 13th Presidential election.

Congolese President Denis Sassou Nguesso congratulated Raisi on his election as the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran on his own and Croatian people and government's behalf.

He hoped that both countries would cooperate to boost friendly ties during Raisi's term.

The Madagascar President Andry Rajoelina, too, congratulated Raisi on his own and Croatian people and government's behalf.

Rjoeline said that he firmly believed that there would be good opportunity to consolidate cooperation and friendship ties between Iran and Madagascar during Raisi's term.

He emphasized joint efforts to boost bilateral ties in the framework of interests and welfare of the people of both countries.

Former Judiciary Chief Ebrahim Raisi was elected President of the Islamic Republic of Iran in a June 18 presidential election, scoring 63 percent of votes. - IRNA

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