Kenya to tap into Sh365bn Japan fund

Kenya is among the countries that will benefit from $4 billion (Sh368 billion) set aside by the Japanese government to help countries cope with disasters.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said Kenya would benefit immensely from the wealth of knowledge and technology in disaster prevention and management that Japan has accumulated over the years.

“Drought, famine and floods have been recurring disasters in Kenya, mainly affecting communities whose settlements and livelihoods are vulnerable to the adverse effects of climate change,” said Ms Mohamed.

The CS is accompanying President Uhuru Kenyatta in the ongoing third United Nations Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction being held in Japan.

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Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said his government had set aside $4 billion to help countries cope with disasters.

“Japan will train over 40,000 government officials and local leaders to play a leading role in national disaster risk reduction,” said Mr Abe.

Disaster risk reduction is the subject of the conference, which was attended by over 15 world leaders in Tohuku, Japan.

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