State Secretary Ingrid Brocková: Kenya is a suitable country to bridge economic and development cooperation - SlovakAid

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State Secretary Ingrid Brocková: Kenya is a suitable country to bridge economic and development cooperation

“The Slovak Republic has long been implementing development projects in Kenya in the areas of education, health care, women's empowerment and the environment, and we are interested in building on these basics when strengthening business cooperation. I believe that the planned business mission, which will take place after a long time, will be the beginning of more intensive sectoral cooperation.”

The State Secretary also utilised the work program in Kenya to monitor development cooperation projects. One of them was the St. Philip Neri Hospital, near Nairobi, where she opened a chemical-biological laboratory built from the funds of SlovakAid. It will improve education for approximately 600 children from predominantly disadvantaged backgrounds. “This project can be seen as an example of good practice and long-term cooperation in supporting the provision of quality education, which is one of the main sectoral priorities of the Slovak development cooperation for Kenya,” added State Secretary Brocková. State Secretary Ingrid Brocková also discussed the direction of the Slovak development cooperation with representatives of non-profit organisations and volunteers who have long been active in the region of East Africa.

The working trip continued by travelling to the Malindi region (East Africa) where the State Secretary visited the V4/EU joint project focusing on the planting, processing and production of cashew nuts in order to contribute to the return of the original habitat. At the same time, the project contributes to improving the socio-economic situation of 15 000 small farmers in the region. She also got acquainted with a project aimed at introducing environmentally beneficial practices in small entrepreneurs in the production of cassava flour, which was also supported by SlovakAid.

At the end of the working trip, the State Secretary will hand over a microgrant to representatives of the organisation A Rocha Kenya, which is implementing a project to protect endangered mangrove habitats of global importance.

“Slovak development cooperation in Kenya has, also thanks to dedicated partner organisations, convincing results that support the local community, increase its socio-economic level, provide better education, equal opportunities and affordable health care for people from disadvantaged backgrounds,” confirmed Ingrid Brocková. 

Source: MFEA SR