March 17, 2015
An ambitious Master Plan handed over by JICA to the County of Nairobi is set to transform Nairobi into a world-class city. The Nairobi Integrated Urban Development Master Plan (NIUPLAN) 2014-2030 was developed through a consultative process that incorporated views from the private and public sectors, academia, political leadership and the general public. The process begun in 2012 and was completed in 2014.
JICA's Chief Representative Mr. Hideo Eguchi remarked during the handover ceremony: "We are happy to finally hand over the ambitious plan that will make Nairobi a truly global city." He added that Nairobi has a lot of potential, sentiments that were echoed by H.E. Tatsushi Terada, the Ambassador of Japan to the republic of Kenya. "Implementation of the plan will make Nairobi a globally attractive city that is iconic for regional integration and sustainability," noted Ambassador Terada.
H.E. Dr. Evans Kidero, the Governor of Nairobi lauded Japan's support to Kenya over the last 50 years. Having recently returned from a trip to Japan, he thanked JICA for the invitation and said he had observed the advanced infrastructural development and solid waste management. He also thanked JICA for its support to the development of the Master Plan, which he notes will "harness the enormous economic potential, increase energy efficiency, reduce social inequity and create sustainable livelihoods for all."
To achieve this, several flagship projects have been prioritized, including decentralizing services from the Central Business District (CBD), construction and widening of roads, railway city development, development of new landfill sites, improved water distribution network and storm water drainage system. Implementation of this ambitious plan will ensure sustainable development and free the city of challenges currently experienced such as serious traffic jams, and Nairobi is indeed poised to become a first-class city.
H.E. Tatsushi Terada hands over NIUPLAN to H.E. Dr. Evans Kidero
JICA’s Chief Representative Mr. Hideo Eguchi delivers his remarks during the handing over ceremony
Dr. Kidero and Ambassador Terada share a light moment