Kenya and the European Commission have reached a EUR 347.6 million (approx. Ksh.50 billion) financing agreement for the construction of the first dedicated electric bus rapid lane in East Africa.
The agreement was reached during a meeting between President William Ruto and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen at the European Union Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.
President Ruto reiterated Kenya’s commitment to a green transition as envisaged in the country’s climate change mitigation plan.
The Green Mobility-Nairobi core Bus Rapid Transit line 3 (BRT 3) will feature zero-emission electric buses and will introduce intelligent transport system features, affordable fare setting, inclusion of access to the public transport system for youth, women and low-income households, and addresses traveller safety.
The agreement was signed by Roads and Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen and European Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen.
The two leaders also discussed other key areas of mutual interest including trade & investment, climate change adoption, health and technology.