Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen gave Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta a never seen before map as a Christmas gift

Uhuru Kenyatta receives rare Christmas gift from Austria
  • Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received a rare ‘Christmas’ gift from Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen during his recent visit to Vienna, Australia.
  • The rare geospatial map is a must-have for alpinists.
  • President Kenyatta invited President Bellen to visit Kenya in the course of the new year.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta received a rare ‘Christmas’ gift from Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen during his recent visit to Vienna, Australia.

While attending the sidelines of Africa-EU high level forum in Vienna, President Kenyatta was handed a newly published and more precise trekking map of Mount Kenya by President Bellen at the Hofburg Presidential Palace.

The geospatial map was produced by the University of Innsbruck together with the Austrian Alpine Club and its local partners, the Guides and Portes Safari Club (GPSC) and Kenia Wildlife Service (KWS). The map is a must-have for alpinists.

Mr. Kenyatta happily received the gift and said it will go a long way in enhancing Kenya's wildlife surveillance and conservation efforts.

"We are grateful for the support given to the Kenya Wildlife Service by the University of Innsbruck in the development of this important topographical map of our wildlife resources. This tool will go along way in boosting our conservation efforts," said President Kenyatta.

The two leaders also discussed Wildlife conservation, renewable energy development and curriculum reforms.

President Bellen applauded Kenya's growing reputation as a renewable energy powerhouse in Africa pointing out that the country's push towards full transition to renewable sources of electricity by 2020 was commendable.

"Kenya has distinguished herself as a leader in renewable energy development not only in Africa but in the whole world. Kenya has done particularly well in the tapping of geothermal and solar energy sources," said President Bellen.

President Kenyatta invited President Bellen to visit Kenya in the course of the new year while the Austrian leader extended an invitation to President Kenyatta to attend a climate change conference scheduled for May next year in the Austrian capital.

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