Kenya : USTDA Supports U.S. Business Opportunities in Power Sector

The USTDA (U.S. Trade and Development Agency) signed a grant with Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited supporting the development of run-of-river hydroelectric plants at five sites in Kenya.

The grant funds a feasibility study that will evaluate the viability of the sites for power generation and examines the best approach for connecting the sites to the national grid. The five plants would collectively add approximately 17 megawatts of renewable energy to Kenya’s generation mix. The study will allow the developers to identify U.S. equipment manufacturers and service providers that are well-positioned to outfit the hydroelectric plants.

“USTDA is pleased to support this important study that will provide opportunities for U.S. industry to supply products and services, while advancing Kenya’s power goals,” said Lida Fitts, USTDA’s Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa.

“In addition to providing opportunities for the use of high quality U.S. equipment and expertise, the plants will also provide numerous benefits to the local community, such as job creation, and technical skills training for the youth,” said Paulo Gonçalves, Chief Executive Officer of Saigrene Energy Kenya Limited.

The U.S. engineering and environmental consultancy, Knight Piésold (Denver, CO), was selected to perform the feasibility study.

Distributed by APO on behalf of U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

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Kenya : UN Statement on the presidential election

Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the presidential election in Kenya

Statement attributable to Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General:

The Secretary-General congratulates the people of Kenya for their peaceful participation in the presidential elections.

The Secretary-General takes note of the results of the presidential election in Kenya, and of the announcement by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) of His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta as President-elect. He calls on those political leaders disputing the elections results to address election-related disputes through the relevant constitutionally mandated institutions.

The Secretary-General calls on the political leaders to send clear messages to their supporters urging them to refrain from violence. The Secretary-General also stresses the importance of dialogue to defuse tensions.

The United Nations, in close collaboration with the African Union and other multilateral and bilateral partners, is fully engaged with Kenya’s political leadership and relevant stakeholders to facilitate the successful conclusion of the electoral process.

Distributed by APO on behalf of United Nations – Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

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Australia High Commissioner to Kenya Alison Chartres

Alison Chartres new Australian High Commissioner to Kenya

Today I announce the appointment of Ms Alison Chartres as Australia’s next High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya, with non-resident accreditation to Burundi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. Ms Chartres will also be Australia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT). She will be accredited to the East African Community and the International Conference of the Great Lakes Region.

Australia enjoys warm relations with East African countries through our shared membership of the Commonwealth, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization and the Indian Ocean Rim Association.

We collaborate closely with Kenya on education, agriculture and counter-terrorism. Our commercial relationship is strong with Australian companies investing in Kenya’s mineral, oil and gas sectors.

Ms Chartres is a senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Assistant Secretary, Development Policy and Education Branch. She has served overseas as Counsellor, Australian Mission to the United Nations, New York; Deputy Development Coordinator, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI); Adviser, Solomon Islands Peace Monitoring Council; and as Second Secretary, Australian High Commission, Port Moresby.

I thank outgoing High Commissioner John Feakes for his contributions to advancing Australia’s interests in Kenya since 2015.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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Up to 50 Somali, Ethiopian Migrants Deliberately Drowned by Smugglers off Yemen

 Up to 50 Somali, Ethiopian Migrants Deliberately Drowned by Smugglers off Yemen


Early this morning (09/08), a human smuggler, in charge of the boat, forced more than 120 Somali and Ethiopian migrants into the pitching sea as they approached the coast of Shabwa, a Yemeni Governorate along the Arabian Sea. The migrants had been hoping to reach countries in the Gulf via war-torn Yemen.

Shortly after the tragedy, staff from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, found the shallow graves of 29 migrants on a beach in Shabwa, during a routine patrol. The dead had been buried rapidly by those who survived the smuggler’s deadly actions. IOM is working closely with the International Committee of the Red Cross to ensure appropriate care for the deceased migrants’ remains.

IOM’s medical staff also provided urgent care to the 27 surviving migrants, both females and males, who had remained on the beach. IOM provided initial health checks and assistance, including food, water and other emergency relief. Some of the survivors (approximately 42) had already left the beach before being assisted. 22 migrants are reportedly still missing and unaccounted for. The approximate average age of the passengers on the boat was 16.

“The survivors told our colleagues on the beach that the smuggler pushed them to the sea, when he saw some ‘authority types’ near the coast,” explained Laurent de Boeck, the IOM Yemen Chief of Mission. “They also told us that the smuggler has already returned to Somalia to continue his business and pick up more migrants to bring to Yemen on the same route. This is shocking and inhumane. The suffering of migrants on this migration route is enormous. Too many young people pay smugglers with the false hope of a better future,” continued de Boeck.

Since January 2017 to date, IOM estimates that around 55,000 migrants left the Horn of Africa to come to Yemen, most with the aim of trying to find better opportunities in the Gulf countries. More than 30,000 of those migrants are under the age of 18 from Somalia and Ethiopia, while a third are estimated to be female.

This journey is especially hazardous during the current windy season in the Indian Ocean. Smugglers are active in the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden, offering fake promises to vulnerable migrants. IOM and its partners operate across the region to support these migrants and provide lifesaving assistance to those who find themselves abused or stranded along the route.

Distributed by APO on behalf of International Office of Migration (IOM).

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