President William Ruto has expressed optimism that the African Development Bank (AFD) will support Kenya in the fight against the effects of climate change.
Speaking after holding talks with the AFD President Akinwumi Adesina on the sidelines of the ongoing COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, the president said the collaboration with the bank could help make significant strides on agriculture and clean energy.
“The African Development Bank is an important partner in our transformation agenda particularly in agriculture, infrastructure, energy and health. We welcome the bank’s commitment to support Kenya’s green energy projects such as geothermal and wind,” said Ruto.
The head of state added that there has been enough planning on what needs to be done to mitigate the biting pangs of climate change, with the only remaining step being appropriate actions.
“Africa is calling for urgent implementation of previous agreements on mitigation of climate change. It is our view as a continent that enough talk and commitments have been made. It is time for implementation,” he said.
Ruto is leading a Kenyan delegation to Egypt to attend the global event, where he is exepcted to address the gathering today at 4:35 PM.
His entourage includes Cabinet Secretaries Alfred Mutua (Foreign Affairs), Davis Chirchir (Energy) and Council of Governors chairperson Anne Waiguri among other senior government officials.
The president will make the speech on behalf of Kenya as well as Africa as he chairs the Committee of African Heads of State and Government on Climate Change.
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