Several construction firms from Egypt have indicated their keenness to participate in the construction of 100 large-scale multi-purpose dams in Kenya. These companies have submitted their bids as part of the ongoing Public-Private Partnership (PPP) projects initiative, showcasing their willingness to make significant investments in Kenya.
Alice Wahome, the Minister of Water, Irrigation, and Sanitation, assured these investors that Kenya provides a favorable environment for such ventures and that the PPP Act ensures solid provisions for their involvement. She expressed her appreciation for the companies’ interest, viewing it as a vote of confidence in Kenya’s economy and its commitment to public-private partnerships.
In addition to the dam projects, the Egyptian firms are also interested in participating in broader initiatives related to irrigation and sanitation in Kenya. Wahome emphasized the importance of these engagements for Kenya’s water, irrigation, and sanitation sector, highlighting their potential to generate employment, stimulate economic growth, and enhance the lives of millions of Kenyans.
Approximately 10 projects have already attracted the immediate attention of the Egyptian construction companies. The administration led by President William Ruto aims to implement the construction of 100 dams and other water-related projects through the PPP framework.
Recently, Alice Wahome represented Kenya at the African Ministers’ Council on Water (AMCOW) conference held in Egypt. The conference served as a platform for various stakeholders, including investors and experts in the water sector, from across Africa and beyond to come together and exchange ideas. Wahome, who serves as the Vice President representing the East African region, was expected to deliver her remarks during the conference.