Kenya and the United Kingdom have signed Ks20bn deals during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s three-day visit to London.
The deals are set to unlock projects in Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four Projects namely; healthcare, housing, manufacturing and energy and job creation.
Kenyan Health Workers To Get Jobs In UK In New Deal
President Uhuru Kenyatta also witnessed the signing of two key health sector agreements between Kenya and the United Kingdom in London on Health Workforce Collaboration and Launch of the UK-Kenya Health Alliance.
The agreements on Health Workforce Collaboration and the launch of the UK-Kenya Health Alliance provides a framework for health sector workers exchange and capacity building, and a platform for collaboration in health research and investments between the two nations respectively.
The agreement opens up opportunities for healthcare workers in Kenya to get more jobs in the UK’s National Health Service. The agreement was signed by UK Health Secretary Sajid Javid and Labour CS Simon Chelugui during President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit.
According to the British High Commission in Nairobi, the special arrangement was part of a request by the Kenya government to capitalise on qualified but unemployed health workers.
“It allows unemployed nurses and health workers to work in the UK, and cements links between institutions on improving cancer treatment for Kenyans,”.
Kenya and UK also signed an alliance (Kenya-UK Health Alliance), which will bring together UK and Kenyan universities and teaching hospitals on health partnerships.
“Our health partnership with Kenya is 30 years old and growing stronger by the month. This new agreement on health workers allows us to share skills and expertise even further, and is a fantastic opportunity for Kenyans to work in the UK,” British High Commissioner Jane Marriott said.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also announced a Sh5.2 billion of UK Aid that will be matched by Sh3.5 billion of private investment to finance 10,000 green affordable homes for Kenyans and a Sh550 million new funding to accelerate Kenya’s climate transition.
The historical economic partnership between the two nations has seen Kenya get access to the Sh49 billion export market while the UK could still access Kenya’s Sh29.3 billion market.
$4bn was raised for the Global Partnership for Education at the Global Education Summit 2021, led by UK Prime Minister and president Uhuru Kenyatta.