President Uhuru Kenyatta has stated that Kenya is keen on promoting more partnerships between the public and private sectors in order to spur more growth in the country.
Kenyatta made the remarks during a meeting with General Electric Global top leadership who were accompanied by US Ambassador Robert Godec to pay him a courtesy call at State House, Nairobi.
“I am keener on us gearing towards more public-private partnership approach to meet Kenya’s development needs.”
GE has worked in Kenya’s health sector and played a major role in the implementation of the Managed Equipment Service (MES) which the Jubilee Government launched in 2015 and has impacted immensely in Kenya’s health sector.
The MES has been successful in bringing down the cost of health care in the country as well as build capacity through training of skilled labor in the health sector.
Farid Fezoua, the incoming Chief Executive Officer for General Africa, lauded the MES program noting that its full implementation is important to the American company.
The US Company is behind a PET cyclotron scanner to be installed at the Aga Khan Hospital. The unique equipment will contribute immensely in the treatment of cancer in the country and cut out the need for cancer patients to travel out of the country for the specialized service.
Alex Dimitrief, the Chief Executive Officer of General Electric’s Global Growth Organization, said the soon to be inaugurated direct flights between Kenya and the United States will boost trade between the two nations.
He said GE is already in a position to take advantage of more trade volumes noting that GE is glad to be a longstanding aviation partner of Kenya Airways. General Electric has also been greatly involved in the energy sector and assured President Uhuru Kenyatta of the company’s continued partnership with Kenya even as the company restructures to deliver more value to its clients.
Kenyatta applauded GE for believing in Kenya and expressed his expectations on greater partnerships and investments that will benefit Kenya and strengthen the ties between Kenya and the US.