03-11-2020 by Freddie del Curatolo
An injection of confidence and predisposition on the part of the Kenyan Government's institions towards the Italians of Malindi and Watamu comes on the sidelines of the meeting between Health Minister Mutahi Kagwe, Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi and the Italian Ambassador to Kenya Alberto Pieri.
In the words of the two important national politicians out of the media spotlight but in the presence of Malindikenya.net, there is the will to continue on the common path that has allowed many forms of collaboration between Italy and Kenya over the years, especially in this area.
In recalling the many works in the field of health care that have been created or implemented by the Italians (during the meeting, in addition to those of the Cooperation and the Lombardy Region, the donations of Karibuni Onlus were also mentioned, with regard to the health facility of Gede and other dispensaries and those of other small solidarity realities) and the activity of the Space Centre of Ngomeni, Governor Kingi asked for further support to his Government to improve the services to be offered to international tourism and in particular to the Italian one.
Perhaps starting with health care, but also infrastructure.
"We are ready to encourage investments by Italian companies that want to enter the Kenyan market and in this region in particular - said Kingi - especially in the medical sector, in order to better prepare ourselves for the post-Covid-19 period and offer better services that will invite foreigners to come or return here".
It is impossible not to touch on topics such as the International Airport and tourist routes.
It will be important for Minister Kagwe to continue to invest in infrastructure, especially if we can speed things up through public-private partnerships.
The Minister during the meeting showed that he knows very well the reality of the tourist destinations in the County.
"We know that the asphalting of the coastal road between Watamu and Casuarina, which could open the way for the development of miles of beautiful beaches and adjacent land - said Kagwe - is progressing slowly and we would like to see it resumed and finished as soon as possible, because it could really change things for the two towns".
On the other hand, Ambassador Pieri recalled that they are only waiting for the papers from the Ministry of Treasury to start work on another road that could launch various activities in another area north of Malindi, that of Ungwana Bay, connecting Malindi-Lamu after Mambrui to Ngomeni with eleven kilometres of paved road. The 6.4 million euro project developed by the Italian Development Cooperation in the Ngomeni area concerns a series of interventions in the field of infrastructure, education and fish trade.
by Freddie del Curatolo
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