Kenya’s president feted and awarded one of the most prestigious African award

This is the most prestigious award for leadership in Africa in the area of infrastructure transformation and development.

  • President Kenyatta was feted on Friday in Busan South Korea by the Africa Development Bank for his ongoing efforts to improve and build infrastructure in Kenya.
  • The bank awarded Mr. Kenyatta its 2018 Super Prize Great Builder Babacar Ndiaye Award.
  • This is the most prestigious award for leadership in Africa in the area of infrastructure transformation and development.
  • Last year, the award went to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Senegal’s Mica Sall.

President Kenyatta was feted on Friday in Busan South Korea by the Africa Development Bank for his ongoing efforts to improve and build infrastructure in Kenya.

The bank, through its 2018 Super Prize Great Builder Babacar Ndiaye Award, recognised Mr. Kenyatta.

“The 2018 Super Prize Great Builder Babacar Ndiaye Award for roads and infrastructure is for his personal leadership in railway transformation and for the road work transformation in Kenya,” said the Africa Road Builders Commissioner General Barthelemy Koume.

Last year, the award went to Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and Senegal’s Mica Sall. The two tied.

The award, also known as the Babacar Ndiaye Trophée, was presented by the Africa Development Bank President Dr Akinwumi Adesina.

“We are very glad and honoured to receive the award.” said President Uhuru Kenyatta in a speech read on his behalf by Jackson Kinyanjui, acting Director General of debt management and director of resource mobilisation at Treasury.

The regional bank with branches spread across Africa cited Mr. Kenyatta’s record in steering the vast roads network completed and currently under construction across the country.

There was a specific mention to the ease of air travel going by the improvement of existing airports and construction of new ones such as the Isiolo International Airport.

“Some airlines today charge just $22 (Sh2,200) between Nairobi and Kisumu,” said the select committee President Adama Wade.

Also awarded were the Kenya roads agencies, Kenya Railways and the Lapsset Development Authority.

The Mombasa-Kisumu Standard Gauge Railway, Outering Road, Moyale Road, Dongo Kundu bypass were among the projects mentioned during the award.

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