June 13, 2024
China Set To Build Kenya's New Foreign Affairs Ministry Headquarters

China Set To Build Kenya’s New Foreign Affairs Ministry Headquarters

The government has unveiled plans for a new Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters in Nairobi.

Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary (PS) Korir Sing’oei made the news on Friday, emphasizing that China will lead the building efforts.

 “Grateful to the Government of the People’s Republic of China for its commitment to support the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the construction of the Ministry’s new headquarters as a visible marker of 60 years of diplomatic relations,” Sing’oei said in a statement on X.

“Received the technical team in charge of project design in my office today.”

Sing’oei did not disclose how much the project would cost Kenyan taxpayers.

AfricasNow has verified that the offer to assist with the construction of the new headquarters was made in 2021, during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s tenure.

At the time, the project was expected to cost Ksh 4 billion.

“China has supported Kenya’s national development agenda through extensive infrastructure development that has raised the stature of Kenya as a regional transport and communications hub.

“The government of China has also given Kenya a grant of over Ksh4 billion towards the construction of a new Ministry headquarters,” the Ministry stated then.

The Old Treasury building on Harambee Avenue has long housed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Ministry began operations at the President’s Office before moving to the Treasury Building in 1980.

China Set To Build Kenya’s New Foreign Affairs Ministry Headquarters

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